The Coast / Darien

Adam Strain Building and Historic Site

109-111 Broad Street
Broad and Screven Streets
Darien, GA 31305

912-437-4725
  • Adam Strain Building

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  • Live oak tree growing on tabby ruins at Darien waterfront.

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  • Historic shutters of Adam Strain Building

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Circa 1813-1815. This corner was the scene of commercial activities during the antebellum period.  A two-story cotton warehouse and ship chandlery built circa 1820 on the site survived the burning of Darien in June 1863 by raiding Union forces from St. Simons Island.  It was the mercantile establishment of Adam Strain from ca. 1870 to 1897.  A portion of the structure was used to house the Darien Bank from 1913 to 1961. The Adam Strain Building is a stuccoed tabby two-store warehouse and the oldest commercial building in Darien. The tabby ruins directly behind the Adam Strain Building, sitting on the waterfront, are reminders of the time when Darien was one of the leading Atlantic commercial ports for the export of cotton and timber.  There were trwo separate eras of Darien's commercial success; the first, featuring the export of cotton grown inland and rafted down the river, lasted from c. 1810 to 1845.  The second saw Darien's rise from total destruction in the Civil War to become the second-leading timber exporting port on the southern coast from c. 1870 - 1910.  These ruins were constructed c. 1815-1830.  The Darien waterfront was rebuilt after devastating fires in 1812 and 1824.

Info & Amenities

  • Admission & Fees

    Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages