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Here’s an old tabby foundation, also known as “coastal concrete,” at Fort King George in Darien, GA.  Tabby was the most commonly used building material during the colonial days because of its resilience to the humidity and its sturdiness.  Introduced by the Spanish, the “coastal concrete” was composed of equal parts sand, lime, oyster shells, and water.  The lime was created by burning oyster shells from the Indian Shell Mounds, left behind by the Guale Indians. Experience history first-hand and look for these ruins the next time you’re exploring the Golden Isles!

Places to visit with historic remnants of authentic tabby construction:

-The Horton-DuBignon House on Jekyll Island

-The Hollybourne Cottage in the historic district on Jekyll Island

-The ruins of Spalding’s plantation on Sapelo Island

-The slave cabins at Gasciogne Bluff on St. Simons Island

-Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island

-Slave quarter ruins at Hampton Plantation on St. Simons Island

-1313 Newcastle Street, Brunswick (see display on south facade of building)

-The Adam Strain Building, the oldest building in Darien (tabby with a stucco exterior)

-Fort King George, Darien