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Horton House is a historic site on Riverview Drive in Jekyll Island, Georgia.Put Horton House Ruins into our Jekyll Island driving holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
The tabby house was originally constructed in 1743 by Major William Horton, a top military aide to General James Oglethorpe. Horton also brewed beer in Georgia's first brewery . This structure has been meticulously preserved over the past 100 years as an example of coastal Georgia building techniques and as one of the oldest surviving buildings in the state. Across the street from the Horton House ruins is the du Bignon cemetery, a tabby wall surrounding the graves of five people Ann Amelia du Bignon, Joseph du Bignon, Marie Felicite Riffault, Hector deLiyannis, and George Harvey. Horton House, the Brewery Ruins, and the cemetery were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The house is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Georgia.
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Horton House Ruins Reviews
Went here on a ghost tour. It was around 11 at night, so it was pretty spooky, apparently the house is full of ghosts. However the building itself is well preserved and the history behind the house an... more »
This was a wonderful sight to see. A piece of history that has stood the tests of time and I would visit again more »
A wonderful old roofless shell of an old house chock-full of history since its building and of the surrounding land. Terrific photographic opportunities abound throughout this entire area. This is definitely a must visit. There is a small cemetery across the street I believe which is for the family of the Horton House. Highly recommend!
If you have time to make a quick stop and check out a small house with a cool history then go ahead and check this out. Horton house though a tiny, windowless two-story house made of oyster shells and mud is a wonder of its own. When I arrived it didn't look like much at all but when I looked and read the history it truly made the whole ordeal much more amazing. The house had been standing for 100 or more years and the walls though slightly redone were still standing. Along with that this house helps the owners of Jekyll Island until it was then handed off. Next to Horton House is the burial ground for people who died on Jekyll Island and I must say though the house isn't much to see its the history that makes this place much more interesting.
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