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Overlooking the backside of Ossabaw Island , perfectly situated on the bluff of Kilkenny Creek , is the old Kilkenny House .

The setting — southern , with a very grand presentation of large live oaks dripping with Spanish moss and limbs covered with resurrection fern , all an entry to a place that hosts some of the most beautiful moon rises you will ever see . There are two cottages on the grounds and a detached kitchen that was once thought to be a barn .
On top of the main house is a Widow ’ s Walk , from which one could observe ships coming into Saint Catherine ’ s Sound from the Atlantic Ocean . Architecturally , the Kilkenny House is odd for its location . Rarely will you find this type of design in the Southeastern United States . Charles William Rogers of Savannah and Sapelo Island bought this land — in addition to nearby Belvedere and Cottenham Plantations — in the mid 1830s . Rogers was a renowned rice and chocolate planter in Liberty County and also on Sapelo Island . Rogers sold his property on Sapelo and used the funds to focus in Bryan County , where he would concentrate his efforts on cultivating Sea Island Cotton at Kilkenny and Cottenham Plantations .
He built the Kilkenny House , which he named in honor of a castle in Kilkenny , Ireland . The rather large home is 5,000 square feet with a covered front porch . The windows on the frontside of the first floor were once double doors .
bellowing its salty scent through the home . The windows on the second floor are called eyebrow windows and are very rarely seen in this area of the country .
The Kilkenny House has been a part of several families over the last one and a half centuries . Today , it is owned by the Bacot Family . It has weathered many a storm and continues to stand strong . Marking an important time in Bryan Neck ’ s history .
One can easily imagine the fresh air of the Florida Strait
IN SEVERAL RANDOM PLACES THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE THERE ARE SMALL CABINET DOORS . BEHIND THE DOORS ARE BROKEN STUDS , SCARS FROM THE CIVIL WAR UNION GUN- BOATS SITTING IN THE SOUND .
This home is privately owned and not open to the public .
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