Off the Beaten Path
Nestled at the mouth of the Altamaha River in Georgia’s Mcintosh county, 50 miles south of Savannah is a quaint southern haven known as Darien.
Your blood pressure drops when you visit Darien, Georgia. Blink and you’ll miss it, but if you make a point to stop and stroll its historic streets, you will find the town to be a tiny treasure trove of mouth-watering cuisine, drinks, and activity worth a day trip. Originally called New Inverness, Darien was founded in January 1736 by Scottish Highlanders recruited by Savannah’s founding father, James Oglethorpe. The town is the second-oldest planned city in Georgia. After much demolition and destruction at the hands of the Civil War, Darien was rebuilt and has seen many characters and changes, including progress, since. Though it is small, it is not difficult to find. Interstate 95 is exactly one mile west of the city. The construction of the highway has benefited the community and its awareness among Lowcountry locals.
Downtown Darien embraces its rich history and is thriving because of it, along with its beautifully preserved and maintained waterfront. The natural serenity balances out the nearby shopping and dining scene, but the lovely landscape speaks for itself. It inspires you to get off the highway and take a back road through the Lowcountry marshes. On a mild day, a boat tour or fishing outing provides splendid views of the river, or if you’re a self-proclaimed history buff, Fort King George and the Butler Plantation distills the origins and evolution of Georgia as well as the United States as a whole.