North End Plantation, Ossabaw Island, GA

Joey, Dave and Dan Digging in the Tabby

Woodstorks in the Morning

The John Morrell family built a plantation on the northern end of Ossabaw Island in Georgia. Curiously enough, it was known as North End plantation. John Morrell was of Swiss ancestry and came to Georgia with his parents from Purysburg, South Carolina. That was in 1760, zoom forward to 2004. The LAMAR Institute was added to the historic preservation team to document, explore, and restore the remains of the North End Plantation. This project was funded by a “Save America’s Treasures” grant, other grants from the Robert Woodruff Foundation, my buddy the actress from Tybee Island, and others. Over the next three years a series of archaeological field visits documented aspects of this important barrier island plantation. That research was documented in two voluminous technical reports, authored by me with contributions from several others. The first of these reports is available online at the LAMAR Institute’s website in .pdf format. Visit http://lamarnistitute.org/reports.htm

The second report is not widely available yet. This particular project captured the interest of the local, state, and national media. Photo of dig at top right is by Stephen Morton, a great photographer! Photo below is credited to a famous Savannah photographer. Photo of the woodstorks is by me and taken in the morning at North End Plantation. More archaeology and history work at the North End plantation is in the works. And here are a few other links that give a different perspective:

Smithsonian Magazine, by Eric Wills

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/sea_island_strata.html

Associated Press (AP), by Russ Bynum (photos by Stephen Morton)

http://www.staugustine.com/stories/022705/nat_2915812.shtml

Preservation Online, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, by Rachel Adams (photo by Stephen Morton)

Getty Images, by Stephen Morton

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-105296560.html

Atlanta Journal Constitution, by Stacy Shelton

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/travel/southeast/ga_stories/2006/11/26/1127meshtabby.html

Atlanta Journal Constitution, by Mike Toner

http://www.diaspora.uiuc.edu/news0906/news0906.html

Connect Savannah, by Michael Jordan (no, not the basketball player)

http://www.connectsavannah.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A2504

The Ossabaw Oracle, by the Ossabaw Island Foundation

http://www.ossabawisland.org/oracle/Ossabaw%20Oracle%20Spring%202005.pdf

and

http://www.ossabawisland.org/oracle/Ossabaw%20Oracle%20Spring%202007.pdf

Dirt Under the Nails

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