Isle of Hope|
Just a short trip across a narrow river bridge onto Georgia's Isle of Hope will bring you to this warm and inviting island where a simple, unhurried life is embraced. A sense of community thrives here. Mansions sit side by side with meager houses.
Isle of Hope is that rare place where parents still feel comfortable sending their kids out to play early in the day and signaling them home at dark by ringing a bell. Youngsters ride bikes to the marina—the island's only commercial establishment—to buy popsicles and ice-cream sandwiches. Boaters traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway often stop there as well. More than a few decide to stay.
Eight generations back, in 1732, King George II of England granted 500 acres to Craig's ancestor Noble Jones. Over time, Noble's holdings expanded to more than 800 acres. In 1973, Noble's descendants donated all but the 50 acres surrounding the family home to the state of Georgia. This became known as Wormsloe, a former plantation.
Its foundation built in 1828, the residence remains private. But visitors are welcome at Wormsloe Historic Site, with a 1.5-mile drive canopied by 400 live oaks. Hiking trails lace the grounds' lush maritime forest.