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.
Events include (but not limited to): Canopy, an arial ballet, Scotch Wiskey Tasting, Christmas Festivities, Anual Ice Cream Churn-off, Valentine's Tea, author and artisian lecture and learning series.