Since 1998, the Devendorfs have continued their family’s 250-year tradition of welcoming guests to Dunham Farms.
Dunham Farms offers two lodging options – Palmyra Barn B&B Inn and the self-catering Palmyra Cottage. Enjoy comfortable lodging, gourmet food and personalized service nestled within gardens and grounds on a high river bluff surrounded by 6,000 privately-owned acres of conservation land. Dunham Farms is ideal for business and personal retreats, adult family reunions, and mini-breaks for friends.
|Palmyra Barn B&B Inn
Each room receives 15% off in our gift shop!
A unique bed & breakfast inn located in a lovingly restored 1930's farm building set amid ancient oaks on a river bluff, the Barn contains 9 rooms with private baths and in-room TV. Delicious gourmet southern foods are served at breakfast. Private facilities offer charming accommodations for groups of up to 22 persons.
Circa 1840, this cozy cottage is ideal for 2-4 people in the same party. It's also a perfect honeymoon hideaway. The sun and moon rise spectacularly from the river at your front door. Many species of endangered birds can be observed from here, or even closer by kayak. Meal service and maid service are not included, but can be arranged. A full kitchen and in-room TV is included.
Movies: Choose from our extensive list of over 200 movies. VCRs are found in all rooms and at the Retreat. Satellite service and a DVD player are also available at the Retreat.
Board Games: Relive the fun of low-tech entertainment by playing a board game, fashioning together a puzzle or playing a hot game of cards. Games, puzzles and playing cards are available at the Barn and at the Retreat.
Swimming: Available from May through September (or for the brave during the remainder of the year) in the covered and screened in-ground pool (seen at left).
Lawn Games: Bocce, croquet, badminton and horseshoes sets are available at the Retreat.
Reading: Bring your own books or borrow one of ours. A library is located at the top of the stairs at the Barn.
Trails & Guided Hikes: Nature walks, marsh walks, and other special events are listed on the daily schedules at the Barn. Please sign up to indicate your interest.
Guests at Palmyra Plantation have full access to Melon Bluff’s 25 miles of all-weather trails. You also have access to trails at Palmyra and the surrounding private 5000-acres including the 30-acre historic gardens and grounds surrounding the Barn. Maps are available at Palmyra Barn. A Georgia Master Naturalist is on staff to answer any of your questions. Daily guided nature and heritage walks are included in accommodation rates.
Tour Springfield Plantation and Allyon Colony: Georgia’s oldest plantation owned intact and continuously by the same family since King George III granted it in 1755. Allyon Colony is the 1526 Spanish site bringing the first Africans to the US. Origin of African-American heritage and culture.
Kayaking: Guided flat water kayak excursions are scheduled throughout the week at Palmyra and feature recreational kayaks which are very stable watercraft. Our excursions are designed with the beginner in mind. For a complete schedule please visit our events page. If bring your own kayak, we'll provide a simplified chart and basic local navigational knowledge.
*All major credit cards accepted. Dunham Farms is a non-smoking facility. No children under 8 years of age or pets, please.
While there are many wonderful things to do during your stay at Dunham Farms, the neighborhood also offers events, museums, boating, and other discoveries within easy driving distance. Ask your hosts about them as well as restaurants, dockage if you want to come by boat, etc. The following are just a few:
WITHIN 10 MINUTES
- Sunbury Area:
- Fort Morris – 1812 earthworks fort, museum, private charter boat
- Inland Waterway
- Sunbury Colonial Cemetery
- Shrimp Docks Restaurant
- Colonial Coast State Birding Trail – Dunham Farms (Melon Bluff) & Ft. Morris
- Melon Bluff Nature and Heritage Reserve – Springfield Legacy Foundation Education Center, 25 miles of trails, Birding Trail (signage 2.5 miles), Ripley Farm (both Georgia and National Register of Historic Places), Live Oaking Trail, Observation tower overlooking old rice fields.
- Seabrook Village Living History Museum – includes 2 farm properties on both the Georgia and National Register of Historic Places, African-American restored village, educational and preservation programs, tours, etc., Cultural Olympiad Award site, One-room school, homes, farm buildings, collections. Interactive.
- Youman’s Pond Bird Sanctuary
WITHIN 15 MINUTES
- Midway Church - antebellum museum and colonial cemetery
- Cay Creek Wetlands
- Dorchester Church
- Dorchester Academy - famous African-American school and civil rights era training center, museum and National Historic Site
WITHIN 35 MINUTES
- Richmond Hill
- Ft. McAllister – earthwork fort, Civil War
- Henry Ford Museum (Life in the Ford era of coastal Bryan County)
- Mighty 8th Air Force Museum
- Savannah-Ogeechee Barge Canal (19th Century)
- Savannah’s historic district – theatre, River Street, Savannah Music Festival, tours
- Golf courses are located up and down the coast within easy driving distance
WITHIN ONE HOUR
- Ft. King George, Darien
- Docks for Sapelo Island and Cumberland Island
- Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
- Hofwyl-Broadfield – antebellum rice plantation
- Altamaha River Bioreserve
WITHIN 1 ½ HOURS
- Hilton Head, St. Simon’s Island and Sea Island
- Jekyll Island (Gilded Age cottages, beaches)
- All 18 sites on the state's Colonial Coast Birding Trail
- Okefenokee Swamp
Full Moon Weekends: Discounts on multi-night reservations, moonlight and high tide activities.
Out-of-Towners Weekend: Black Friday through Sunday after Thanksgiving – day trips such as kayaking and walking tours.
Holiday for Hermits: (26 December-1 January) – Offers both lodging packages and chock-a-block day activities along with New Year's Eve dinner.
Valentine's: Special dinner/romance packages available.
Arbor Day: 3rd Friday-Sunday in February – features Live Oaking Days at Melon Bluff, Arbor Day Photographic Competition Exhibit, and Melon Bluff Trail Race.
Easy Being Green: 17 March – A calm springtime escape from Savannah during our Mardi Gras.
Easter: Easter Egg Hunt by Kayak
Mother's Day: Mother's Day Luncheon
Memorial Day Weekend: Multi-night discounts
Father’s Day: Father's Day Luncheon with "manly" activities like a sawmill demo
Halloween: Special dinner packages available complete with ghost stories, s’mores, etc.