Ashantilly Map

Visit the Ashantilly Center

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From US 17, turn east on GA highway 99 (beside the Courthouse). Travel approximately 1.5 miles, turn right onto St. Andrews Cemetery Road. (St. Andrews Cemetery historical marker) At the cemetery, turn left onto dirt road which leads to Ashantilly on your left.

There is also a gate off GA Highway 99, past the St. Andrews Cemetery Road. It is not easily seen – yet – but you may use it to come in by the new organic garden and the young long-leaf pine forest replanted fairly recently.

Please call 912-437-4473 to arrange a visit!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Ashantilly attic sale will be Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, September 29 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. These are just a few of the treasures to be found at the sale, held at Bluestein’s Shopping Center, Darien, GA.


Marty Carnes, CPC (Chief Painter in Charge), has a new project. After pressure washing, caulking and patching holes and cracks, she is now sealing and painting the grand staircase at the West entrance. WOW! What a difference!


A great turnout for this year’s Churn-Off, with wonderful ice cream, the cool sounds of Michael Hulett, great raffle prizes, and beautiful weather! Some unusual ice cream flavors, Sweet Olive and Sweet Corn, and decadent Mocha and Milky Way were among the flavors offered. Vicki and Larry, of Olive Affairs, were the big winners, taking home the trophy for best Business/Organization as selected by the judges, and also winning the People’s Choice prize. The judges could not decide between Judy Dodd’s Milky Way and Sara Blocker’s Blueberry Muffin and deemed it a tie for Best Individual. Professor Nicholas Silberg was on hand to demonstrate the small hand press, and printed a card he handset.


Visiting Artist Amanda Beekhuizen was very busy in the Print shop during her stay. She and Nicholas Silberg printed many different cards using Mr. Haynes’ hand-carved blocks. These cards are now for sale at the Center. Amanda designed and printed this year’s Christmas cards. Hurry and get yours, they are selling quickly! Amanda also identified and catalogued Mr. Haynes’ extensive collection of type. Her hard work has brought us closer to providing workshops in letterpress printing. Thank you, Amanda! And kudos to Nicholas for his commitment to The Ashantilly Press!


The Ashantilly Press is very active these days with Visiting Artist, Amanda Beekhuizen. She and Nicholas Silberg have printed many cards, and Amanda is working to identify and document the incredible variety and sizes of typefaces available in the shop. She hopes to complete a printed catalogue if time allows. Ashantilly is very grateful for her hard work! Come by and meet her! A reception will be held on Aug. 6, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


Cheryl Sloan, Coordinator of the Georgia Chapter of “Quilts for Kids”, and several of her volunteers presented a program at Ashantilly. Participants were shown how these wonderful ladies provide quilts for kids in hospitals, shelters, and other children with special needs. New volunteers are welcome, and hopefully this program has generated a few! Cheryl emphasized that you don’t have to be able to quilt, you can cut strips, iron seams, etc. The last photo is of a quilt which is being raffled as a fund raiser. Get your tickets, it’s beautiful!

Lunch and Learn!

Landscape Architect Thomas Angel presented a program “Cultivating Wildness in Your Coastal Landscape”. Participants learned how to incorporate natives in their home landscapes. The lecture was followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Ashantilly’s Board. Many people requested the recipe for the Wild Rice and Quinoa Salad, so we have included it in this post.

Wild Rice and Quinoa Salad

3/4 c. of wild rice
1/2 c. of quinoa
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c. fruity vinegar (Today’s had Pinot Grigio vinegar)
3/4 teasp. salt
1/4 teasp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. of smoked cheddar, aged goat cheese or other smoked cheese, diced (Today’s had smoked gouda)
2 c. halved pitted cherries (Today’s had dried cherries, fresh are better)
2 stalks of celery, diced
1/2 c. of toasted pecans

1. Cook wild rice in boiling water for approx. 30 minutes, then add quinoa and cook approx. 15 minutes or until tender. Rinse with cold water and drain well.

2. Whisk together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add rice & quinoa, celery, nuts, cherries, and cheese

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Taylor Shoettle: The Way of the Sea

In observation of Earth Day, local Naturalist Taylor Shoettle, author of “A Naturalist Guide to St. Simons Island”, ” A Beachcomber’s Guide to Georgia’s Barrier Islands” and other books about our coast, talked about the ways of the sea. Taylor gave us lots of good information about things that wash up on the beach and how they got there!

Native Gardening Lunch & Learn

Coastal Wildscapes and Ashantilly once again presented the Spring series of Lunch and Learns. The first session with Theresa Thom was “Wildscapes ID: Tips, Tricks and Resources.” A great presentation and a delicious lunch makes for a fun time! If you missed this session, the next one is Apr. 25 at 11:00 am. Thomas Angel will present “Cultivating Wildness in your Coastal Landscape.”


Ashantilly welcomed the Sea Oats Garden Club for a luncheon, and for a talk by Buddy Sullivan. Several of their members had not been to the Center, and were given a tour by President Harriet Langford. Everyone had a good time!