Gascoigne Bluff is located just off of the Frederica River on the west side of St. Simons Island, Georgia. It was named for Captain James Gascoigne of the “sloop-of-war” HMS Hawk, an event that led many of the first British settlers to Georgia’s coast. One of the must-see Saint Simons Island attractions, read on for more about Gascoigne Bluff!
History of the Bluff
Gascoigne Bluff St. Simons Island has quite the historical past. As the former headquarters for a military invasion, the site of a lumber mill and shipping point for timber, a Sea Island cotton plantation, and as the site of an Indian settlement long before anything else, Gascoigne Bluff’s colorful roots show through. As a lumber mill in 1794, live oak timbers were milled and used to help build “Old Ironsides,” the U.S.S. Constitution. Timbers were later cut on this site to assist in constructing the Brooklyn Bridge.
Gascoigne Bluff Today
Those who visit Gascoigne Bluff St. Simons Island today can visit the Cassina Garden Club Slave Cabins that date back to the Plantation Era. Two slave cabins, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are located here and are available for touring every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Appointments can be made to tour the cabins during times other than Wednesdays by calling: (912)638-5791.
Visitors can also see the second largest Southern red cedar tree of its kind in Georgia or take a stroll along a picturesque fishing pier. Not only is Gascoigne Bluff a historical spot in Georgia, it has plenty of public places for enjoying a beautiful day. Two grills, a picnic pavilion, a floating dock, fishing spots, a spacious fitness trail, and a disc golf course make this spot the perfect place for a family get together or a peaceful retreat from a hectic week. This family friendly site operates seven days a week beginning at 9:00 a.m. Suitable for all ages, fees vary depending on tours and the size of the group, so visitors are advised to call ahead. Gascoigne Bluff is one of the most diverse Saint Simons Island attractions to visit, thanks to its wide variety of activities available.