When it comes to real estate destinations, St. Simons Island has it all. Thankfully, this “getaway” does not mean getting away from the cultural amenities that turn a good travel spot into a great one. With St. Simons Island, you really can have your cake and eat it too.
In addition to the gorgeous beach front properties and quaint shopping areas, St. Simons Island is steeped in fascinating American history and offers several must-visit sites. Learning has never looked this good!
Too often forgotten in American history, this park of oak trees was once a Mocama Indian village. There is a small burial site from the group of natives who lived two centuries before the first European contact.
This fort was built by James Oglethorpe in 1736 to protect the southern border of the new colony of Georgia from the Spanish. Fort Frederica grew into a thriving village of about 500 citizens, and in 1742, Oglethorpe and his troops won a decisive victory over the Spanish in The Battle of Bloody Marsh nearby. Remnants of the fortress, barracks, and homes can be visited today. Additionally, there are hiking and nature trails as well as a museum on site.
Whether you are religious or not, Christ Church played an intriguing role in the history of Christianity in America. It was on St. Simons Island that John and Charles Wesley served as missionaries and who later became the fathers of Methodism. The congregation at Christ Church traces its origins back to the 1700s, but the present building was constructed in 1884 (after the original structure built in 1820 was partially destroyed by Union troops in the American Civil War).
Although often overlooked in tourism books, this church serves as a significant reminder of the battle for identity (religious or otherwise) among America’s minorities throughout history. This church was built in 1869 by former slaves of the St. Simons plantations.
This plantations gives its visitors a glimpse into the economic and agricultural life of plantation owners and slaves a couple centuries prior. Visitors can enjoy the museum as well as a tour of the historic antebellum home.
Of course, one of the most popular tourist attractions is the St. Simons Lighthouse. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the most captivating pieces of maritime history in the area. Constructed in 1807 and reconstructed in 1872 (after Civil War damages), visitors can now climb the 129 steps of the lighthouse for stunning views of the island.
All of these locations (and more!) provide educational opportunities that merely enhance the already mesmerizing culture and life of St. Simons Island.
To make this ideal location a reality, please contact us for more information. DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty wants to help you live… and learn at St. Simons Island.