UGA Press has released Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry Landscape by Drew A. Swanson of Milsaps College.
Swanson’s in-depth look at Wormsloe plantation, located on the salt marshes outside of Savannah, looks at why certain landscapes are preserved while others are developed, revealing the broad historical forces that have shaped the lowcountry South.
Wormsloe is one of the most ecologically significant stretches of the Georgia coast. It has remained in the hands of one family from 1736, when Georgia’s trustees granted it to Noble Jones, through the 1970s, when much of Wormsloe was ceded to Georgia as a state historic site. Remaking Wormsloe Plantation connects this distinct Georgia place to the broader world, adding depth and nuance to the understanding of conceptions of nature and history.