San Francisco isn’t the only place in America where folks can ride a vintage trolley car. Youâ€™ll also find a familiar green one making its way past plenty of gorgeous, and often historic, pieces ofÂ Saint Simons real estate. Itâ€™s all part of the famed and guided, St. Simons Trolley tours. Perhaps youâ€™ve read about them on Trip Advisor?
This month, the 90-minute tours are expected to take place twice a day, once at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. They include more than 30 up-close and informative glimpses of famous slices of St. Simons real estate. Among them are the Retreat Plantation, St. Simons Island Lighthouse, Bloody Marsh, Fort Frederica and Christ Church. Plus, youâ€™ll get to learn about former islanders like Neptune Small, Lordy King and Cassius Murphy.
Just ask any one of the tour guides and we’re sure that he or she will tell you that all three men left an indelible mark on St. Simons real estate.Â Take Small for instance. He was the manservant of Lordy King and served in the Confederate Army. After the war, he helped plant the famed Avenue of the Oaks and maintain the Christ Church. Today, his old homestead is the beloved Neptune Park and there are books written about him too. One of the more notable is P.B. Muellerâ€™s tome, Neptuneâ€™s Honor: A Story of Loyalty and Love.
Lordy King, on the other hand, came from a well-to-do family with ancestral ties to Georgiaâ€™s politics, the Page family and the Retreat Plantation. His name is affiliated with one of the Golden Coastâ€™s famous hotels. Plus, you can read about his family in many different books, including Anna: The Letters of a St. Simons Island Plantation Mistress. It was written by his mother.
And as for Murphy, he married into the Small family and had a connection to the islandâ€™s lumber mill history. He also did work on the light keepersâ€™ house, where his personal signature remains on the buildingâ€™s roof to this day. You can read about the lumber mill that he worked for in the book, Old Mill Days â€“ St. Simons Mills, Georgia 1874-1908. It was written by A. F. Graham.
To learn more about St. Simons real estate that may be seen by vintage trolley, car, bike or foot, please contact DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty to learn more about living in this Georgia Coastal community.