The Ashantilly Center - Darien, Georgia
A Message from Ashantilly's President and Board of Directors:
Thank you for visiting Ashantilly Center’s website! Although closed to events during the pandemic, a variety of projects are safely and actively progressing:
Thanks to generous donors, climate control at the Ashantilly Press has been enhanced by two new energy efficient mini-splits. Letterpress broadsides and postcards have been created to emphasize getting through these days “Together!”
A deck has been added to the Spartan Guest Artist Residence where interior renovation continues. (Volunteers welcomed!)
The new pine flooring donated by the Gignilliat family should be completed in the Ladies Library before Christmas.
Upstairs at the Center more progress is being made toward another transfer of archival materials to the Ashantilly Press Papers at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Check the website for an upcoming Drive-by Book Sale! We’ll post Buddy Sullivan’s latest books, create a PayPal button for advance orders, and dates for pick up! We’ll also provide a way to request inscriptions by Buddy.
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.
The mission of the Ashantilly Center, Inc. is to organize and implement a program of conservation, including Ashantilly property and its legacy, to provide a vehicle for continuing education, scientific advancement and charitable endeavor which focus on the natural and built environments integral to the Georgia Coast.