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Address: St. Andrews Cemetery Road, Darien, GA 31305
Phone Number: +1 912-437-4473
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The Ashantilly Center, known as “Old Tabby,” was the mainland home of...

The Ashantilly Center, known as “Old Tabby,” was the mainland home of Thomas Spalding, early Georgia planter, legislator, and McIntosh County landowner. The original home, circa 1820, burned in 1937, and the current house was an ongoing project of the Haynes family. Today, the Ashantilly Center is a non-profit educational and cultural historic site, organized and founded by William G. Haynes, Jr. Mr. Haynes was an artist, small letterpress printer (The Ashantilly Press), and environmentalist. His legacy, the Ashantilly Center, hosts cultural and historic events and workshops.

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Nice place to visit for Christmas

We had a wonderful time visiting Ashantilly Center for theie open house for Christmas. Beautiful Historic decorations, wine and snacks and serenaded by Christmas Charolers are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Lilburn, Georgia
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Lilburn, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful time visiting Ashantilly Center for theie open house for Christmas. Beautiful Historic decorations, wine and snacks and serenaded by Christmas Charolers are sure to get you in the spirit

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Luthersville, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Although we were simply taking a driving tour, and didn't see the inside, our guides (local folks) were well versed in the history of the location, and it was great to hear the story!

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Acworth, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

When near Darien, GA this place merits a side trip. Gaining instant historical knowledge is fun when visiting the Ashantilly Center. We were given a tour by Ms. Harriet Langford. She referred to the Board of Directors, but without saying she was the President. This unique experience covered the type of family, lifestyle & typical activities over the years, vintage... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

It is a great place to visit! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We loved our tour guide, Harriet. She gave us a wonderful tour of the house and print shop. Sara, one of the friendly printing staff, even allowed us to print valentines for each other. This made the visit extra special. Please call ahead... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

Our wonderful volunteer guide, Harriet, showed us around this lovely house which was lovingly restored by renowned artist Bill Hanes after it was destroyed by fire in the 1930s. Hanes was a printer who ran the letterpress Ashantilly Press, and his beautiful work is everywhere in evidence in the house. We even got a personal tour of the printshop and... More 

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

The older I get the more of a history buff I become. I was told about this place a couple of years ago but only recently knew that I could set up a tour. Harriet, our host, was so wonderful. You can tell she truly has a passion for this place and loves to share the wonderful stories. The tour... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2014

Being out off the beaten path and no one around it was a little scary and exciting at the same time. You really feel as though you had stepped back in time.

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Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

We stopped to see this site on our visit to Darien. While we understand the state of the home both because of the gentleman who owned the house and his business and lack of funding for the association we do hope that this historic structure can be saved before time takes to much toll. Otherwise and interesting old home!

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Darien, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

Such a beautiful 'old dame' of a house offering special events from Scotch Whisky tastings to and evening with an author.

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Bowling Green
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2010

The annual Ice Cream Churning Contest on Labor Day weekend is one of the most fun events. You can sample various ice creams for $5 or just bring a lawn chair and listen to the music. Outside, under the branches of the live oak trees - wonderful, peaceful place to be on a Sunday afternoon. Local celebratries and citizens churn... More 

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