The pace of our society can be exhausting, making the need for spaces to withdraw increasingly crucial. We recognize this, as well as the scarcity of such environments in the Southeastern Lowcountry, and are grateful to offer this stunning little corner of God's beauty for reflection, exploration and worship. Our aim at Wesley Gardens Retreat, a ministry of Wesley Monumental UMC, is to provide a place where groups and individuals can come away and find rest for their weary souls.
We believe Creation was intended for purposes of healing and re-creating, so take seriously our environmental stewardship and unspoiled property. We welcome any guests willing to respect our property and values. +
Micah & Abbie Sprünger are the caretakers of the property. They live a stone’s throw from the Main House with their three children, Elliana, Eden, and Aaliya. Micah was raised in a missionary family in Japan, studied history and art at Covenant College and moved to Savannah about seventeen years ago. He enjoys architecture & design, coffee roasting and photography. Abbie grew-up outside of Atlanta and studied religion at Emory University, and spiritual formation and soul care at Talbot Seminary. She’s a full-time mom and in her spare time, an author (new book just released). Micah & Abbie worship at Christ Church Anglican and you can catch glimpses into their days HERE.
Having spent years as a professional musician and audio engineer, in 2008 Brad along with his wife Danielle and Wyatt moved to Savannah to launch Tapestry Church. Along with overseeing the graphic design, website, video, audio and lighting at Tapestry, Brad handles the reservations and most things technological here at Wesley Gardens Retreat.
A native to Savannah, Ken spent 34 years with the Savannah Fire Department and on the side, owned and operated a landscaping business. He is married to his sweetheart, Diane, and together they have two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing & traveling abroad (Rome is his favorite spot so far). When not cutting grass, or trimming bushes, Ken might be found retreating at the "little pavilion" (at the back of the Wesley Gardens property), enjoying the wind and trees and presence of God. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Pooler.
This 130-acre property was developed around 1920 as a prestigious southern estate called "Amony Marsh". In 1948, upon selling her Philadelphia mansion ("Guilford"), widowed multimillionaire Mrs. Samuel P. Rotan purchased Amony Marsh from Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Wolff and changed its name to "Folly Marsh". Under a spread of Live Oaks and tall Georgia pines, one would find manicured garden paths surrounded by one of the largest camellia collections in the Southeast. The property included a main house, several guest and servants cottages, a stable, poultry house, greenhouse, vineyard and produce gardens.
In 1962, Wesley Monumental UMC was graciously offered (and accepted) the property by Mrs. Rotan. Folly Marsh was renamed “Wesley Gardens” by Mrs. Albert Trulock. By the late 1980's, despite the congregation's best efforts, a lack of funding led the property to a point of disrepair. Beginning with a significant renovation to the Main House in 1994, the property has seen continued improvement since, recapturing much of its former beauty. In 2013, the name was expanded to "Wesley Gardens Retreat Center", broadening our vision to any seeking beauty and respite. +