Horton House Ruins, Jekyll Island

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#4 of 11 in Historic Sites in Golden Isles of Georgia
Horton House is a historic site on Riverview Drive in Jekyll Island, Georgia.
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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File:DuBignon cemetery, Jekyll Island, Georgia.JPG|The duBignon Cemetery across from their house
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  • It's pretty well preserved, I explored the grounds then walked across the street to relax and take in the scenic view, I was the only person there and it was absolutely amazing  more »
  • We went to see the ruins and it was so nice to see the history behind of it, the walls wore amazing! The Oak trees surround it will not dissapointed also! Great place for pictures, learn about some hi...  more »
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  • 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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