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Our History
 
Port Wentworth was founded in 1733 but not incorporated until 1957, and its history arises out of the native Indian tribes and first settlers of the Trust Colony of Georgia. Steeped in tradition, environment and resources and only minutes from Downtown Savannah. Local industry includes lumber (pulp and paper), railroad, ship building, sugar refinery, banking and brick kilns that produce what is known today as Savannah Gray Brick. 

What is now Port Wentworth was originally part of several colonial plantations, including Mulberry Grove where Eli Whitney revolutionized the South by inventing the cotton gin in 1793. Today, Port Wentworth's Exit 109 area is a well-placed home base of hotels, motels and restaurants and a convenient lodging spot for tourists. Only 11 miles from Savannah's Historic District, Exit 109 is the closest I-95 exit to Georgia's First City with direct trolley service from all Port Wentworth hotels. 

Whether you're a history buff looking to explore Savannah River Plantations, a Civil War explorer seeking to walk the living history of Sherman's March to the Sea or a family searching for an affordable road-trip, you'll find adventure in Port Wentworth. The City offers many free attractions, including the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, direct access to the Savannah River at the Houlihan Boat Landing, Historic African American Praise Houses and Cemeteries, themed driving tours and family-owned farms that sell fresh Georgia Grown produce.

The city, located in Eastern Georgia at 32° 9' 52" North, 81° 10' 48" West, is 11.22 square miles with a total population of 6,529 (according to a 2013 census estimates). This Chatham County city is conveniently located near neighboring counties (Effingham and Bryan). Port Wentworth is minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Tybee Island Beach, Historic Savannah District and the Georgia Ports Authority. It can be reached by taking the northern most exit on Interstate 95 (Exit 109) in Georgia. Extending in both directions on Highway 21 at the base of that exit, the center of the city is three miles to the south.
  • In general, Port Wentworth enjoys mild weather all year round. The average annual temperature is around 66°F. Summers tend to be hot and humid with daytime highs hovering in the 90's from June to August. Winters are pleasantly mild with an average temperature of 56°F.

    Without a doubt, the finest time of year is the fall. Temperatures are a wonderfully crisp daily average of 67 degrees from the end of September until the middle of November. Very little rain falls during this season, ensuring plenty of blue skies to go with the amazing change of color from all the hardwood trees in the state.

    Spring is just as nice as well, when the dogwoods and azaleas bloom between April and May. The average temperature is 63°F, with just enough spring showers to freshen up the grass and get the trees and bushes in bloom again.

    Port Wentworth gets 49 inches of rain per year; the US average is 37. And if you like snow .... forget it. The annual average is 0 inches compared to a national average of 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 110.

    While we don't get any snow, we do have pleasant weather in the winter as well. The average minimum temperature in December, January and February is 39 degrees, while daytime highs average 61 degrees. The temperature drops to freezing of below an average of 27 days a year, with January being the coldest month with 10 freezing days and an average temperature of 48.9.

    On average, there are 212 sunny days per year in Port Wentworth. We average 104 clear days, 110 partly cloudy days and 152 cloudy days each year.The July high is around 92 degrees. The January low is 39. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 30 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

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