Ruins of William Carnochan’s Sugar Mill, Circa 1800, Tolomato Island

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Palmettos Early Industry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Located along the banks of Crum Creek, William Carnochan’s sugar mill was an important component of his nearby rum distillery. Like the distillery, the ruins of the sugar mill have survived for over 200 years and are evidence of some of Georgia’s first industrial efforts. It is important to note that these structures and the industries they supported were built and often staffed by enslaved people. Residents of Tolomato Island have worked hard to stabilize these ruins.

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Early Industry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Though vegetation has grown inside the ruins, the durability of tabby as a building material is evident in this and the following images. These structures were built when President John Adams was in office.

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Early 1800s Tabby Walls Palmettos Early Industry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013
Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Palmettos Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

For images of Tolomato Island residents and volunteers at work cleaning up the ruins, visit here.

Tolomato Island GA William Carnochan Sugar Mill Ruins Tabby Walls Endangered Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

7 thoughts on “Ruins of William Carnochan’s Sugar Mill, Circa 1800, Tolomato Island

      1. andrew.green

        I’d love to visit these and his rum distillery, are they close to each other? Could you give approximate address?

  1. Debbi Wright

    Loving these shots of my Mom’s homelands. She was born and raised on the “Ridge”, McIntosh County, 1926! What a beautiful area!!!

    Reply
  2. Pingback: Ruins of William Carnochan’s Sugar Mill, Circa 1800 | Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown

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