St. Simons Island, one of a chain of islands known as the Golden Isles, is more than just a beach with lots of water activities: this 18 square mile stretch of land is an island rich in history and tradition. First settled in 2000 BCE, by the 2000 census over 13,000 people were full time residents. Today, we celebrate the long and colorful history of Saint Simons Island with attractions such as museums and historical spots, fascinating places to visit in between much needed time at the beach.
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
There are actually 2 Lighthouses on St. Simons Island, the first one built in 1810 fell into ruins after being destroyed by the Confederates in 1862. Today, a commemorative sign and photograph marks the spot where it stood. The second Lighthouse opened in 1872 and still shines brightly every night, during storms and is open daily from 10:00 AM-5:00PM Monday through Saturday and 1:30- 5:00 on Sundays. For only 12$ (adults) and $5 (children 6-12) anyone can have the opportunity to climb the same 129 steps the lighthouse keepers climbed daily over the years! (The view is spectacular and so very worth it…we promise!)
Mildred Huie Museum
One of the first girl scouts under Juliet Gordon Low, Mildred Huie was an artist, sculptor and writer who made her home on St. Simons Island. This multi-talented woman died in 2000 and her home is now a showcase of her art and memorabilia, including her extensive collection of Civil War books. Late in her life, she began creating soft sculptures of people and the exhibit entitled “Parlor Dolls/A Man for All Seasons” is on display …in her parlor, of course!
Fort Frederica National Monument
In 1736 James Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica to protect the Georgia Colony from the Spanish, succeeding so well that once the battle of “Bloody Marsh” ended, the regiment stationed at Fort Frederica broke up and the Fort itself eventually fell into disrepair. Today, Fort Frederica is now protected by the National Park Service and visitors can explore its grounds and examine the collections of ancient artifacts and historical documents stored on the grounds. Children of ALL ages are offered the chance to dress in period clothing, while children under the age of 18 can participate in an archaeology day-camp during the summer.
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The museums and monuments listed above are just a sampling of the many Saint Simons Island attractions…why not book your vacation with us today and we will help guide you to all the spots you never knew you were dying to see. Spend a few days…or even a few weeks… in a SSIRentals.com vacation home and you will be wishing you could live on this beautiful and historic island forever.