When you visit Brunswick, you can spend a day just exploring the historic sites with their amazing stories, beautiful architecture, and see how they are still being used despite their age.
This three-story Victorian building with its ornate stone work and brick was originally the Grand Opera House when built in 1898. Later, it was a vaudeville theater; and in the 1920s it was converted into a movie palace when motion pictures became the rage.
It continues to be renovated and currently plays host to events such as concerts, dance recitals, beauty pageants, and more. The lobby is a visual art gallery.
OLD CITY HALL
Built as the City Hall in 1889 for a mere $33,000, this Richardsonian Romanesque ornate masterpiece with its clock tower and gargoyles has become the landmark building in downtown. Restored in 2004, the building still houses city offices and a small museum and is available for private functions and weddings.
The Lover’s Oak, supposedly dating back to the 12th century, was the place where Native American braves and their chosen maidens would meet under this enormous oak with its majestic limbs. The trunk is approximately 13 feet in diameter, and it branches out into ten limbs that measure 12 to 30 inches in diameter.
SIDNEY LANIER BRIDGE
This is Georgiaâ€™s tallest cable suspension bridge and is 7,780 feet long and 486 feet tall. It replaced the original lift bridge that had been struck by ships twice. The name honors Georgian poet Sidney Lanier, writer of the poem â€œMarshes of Glynnâ€œ that described the gorgeous marshes that surround the area.
Each February, a 5k Bridge Run is held, the south side of the bridge is closed to traffic, and people run or walk the bridge.
MARY ROSS WATERFRONT PARK
Located on the East River, this park features a scale model of a Liberty Ship such as those built in the shipyards in World War II. Also included are a farmerâ€™s market and a staged pavilion and an outdoor musical section where many events are held. You can view huge ocean-going ships from around the globe and the local picturesque shrimp boats.
OAK GROVE CEMETERY
This originated in 1838 and contains over 1,200 graves. The original hand-carved headstones and wrought iron fencing are just a few of the highlights.
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