St. Simons Island Georgia
If you are a newcomer to St. Simons Island, you may want to start with a trolley tour where you can see and hear over 400 years of history and folklore.
History enthusiasts won't want to miss touring the many intriguing sites on the island including Fort Frederica which was built in 1736 by General James Edward Oglethorpe. On July 7, 1742 , an outnumbered force of British troops defended Georgia against a Spanish invasion at a site located near the fort known as the Battle of Bloody Marsh. At this famous battle site, the British troops defeated the Spanish invaders and kept them from attacking the nearby fort, thus driving them back into Florida.
Christ Church on St. Simon's Island is a charming place that you won't want to miss. It was here in 1736 that John and Charles Wesley first preached and held church services for colonial Americans. Tours are given daily at this historic and charming old church with its beautiful stained-glass windows.
Not far from Christ Church, you'll find Epworth-by-the-Sea, now a Methodist conference center located on the site of the Hamilton Plantation. A museum there is open to the public. For more information, contact them at (912) 638-8688.
Also nearby you'll find Gascoigne Bluff where, in 1794, live oak timbers from St. Simon's Island were milled to build the U.S.S. Constitution also known as "Old Ironsides." In 1874, timbers were milled there for the Brooklyn Bridge as well. The fishing pier also referred to as "Pier Village" is a favorite meeting place for locals as well as visitors. Aside from great fishing, there are many diverse shops and restaurants, and the opportunity to experience a variety of festivals and events that take place there.
Also located in the Village area is the 1872 lighthouse keeper's home alongside the 104 ft. lighthouse, both of which have been beautifully restored and are considered to be the oldest brick structures in Glynn County.
Visitors are welcome to tour the lighthouse and keeper's home which have been converted into a museum and gift shop. For more information, call (912)638-4666 or check out their website at www.saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Some of the outdoor activities on St. Simon's Island which are available include jet skiing, sailing, (boat rentals are available) fishing charters, nature tours, kayak rentals/tours and more. There are numerous places for shopping and eating, as well as parks and natural areas where you can just relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
If golf or tennis is your passion, you can take advantage of the many award-winning golf courses or tennis facilities which abound. St. Simons Island has something for everyone. It is no wonder that visitors enjoy returning here year after year to experience the ambiance and beauty of this majestic isle.
For more information about St. Simons Island and the Golden Isles area visit www.gatewaytothegoldenisles.com/directoryMain.