Tour stop #2~Sapelo Island, GA.

Hello blogger buddies!  Climb aboard.  The ferry to Sapelo Island is leaving!  It will take about 15-20 minutes to get to the island.

The earliest humans on Sapelo Island lived there over 4000 years ago.  Those inhabitants were the Paleo-Indians who left evidence of their lives on the island with shell middens, that can still be seen today.  Middens are mounds or deposits of shells or bones.   There were others before him, but  Sapelo Island was purchased by Thomas Spaulding in the 1800’s.  Spaulding was an amateur agriculturist, who built a large home on the south end of the island.  In 1911, Howard Coffin, founder of the Hudson Motor Company in Detroit, MI,  purchased the island, living there until 1933.  Using the foundation of the Spaulding home, the Coffins renovated and expanded the home, making it quite a showplace.   From 1933-1965, RJ Reynolds owned the island and upgraded the home again.  As the others before him, he enjoyed agricultural experimentation.

Today the island is under the direction of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.   The island is home to the Sapelo Island Natural Estuarine Research Reserve.  (SINERR)  The reserve enables visitors to see the elements of a natural barrier island, such as: diverse wildlife in the upland forests, vast expanses of the Spartina salt marsh, and the complex beach and dunes system.  Tours also enable the visitor to experience the African-American community of Hog Hammock, the mansion and the lighthouse.


For more information on Sapelo Island, GA.  click here

Thanks for joining me on the tour!  I hope you had fun and learned something new!


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28 thoughts on “Tour stop #2~Sapelo Island, GA.

    • I’m glad you did, Elisa! 😉 It isn’t too far for you, right? Have you been there? I love that there are no 4 story hotels….no restaurants…except for the store/bar. The beach is empty, except for the tour bus….such a glorious feeling!

    • Thanks, Margie! My philosophy (which I don’t always follow!) is that a photographer’s blog should not just slap photos on it, but teach us something about the photos and the history behind them…if any.

  1. Great post Judy. Enjoyed the tour. (Sorry I missed this one – My youngest daughter got married on Saturday and things have been a bit manic for the last week or so)

    • Oh what fun, Jim!! Congrats to the bride’s father and the whole family! That’s quite an occasion! I’ve been through it twice…well, not me! With our children! What a beautiful setting….to be married in Scotland. Lovely.
      You never have to apologize for missing a post! I’m really struggling since I’ve been gone. I just can’t catch up! Congrats and best wishes to the young couple!

  2. A very interesting post Judy, I’ve always loved to hear the history of places and people. The mansion is quite something, so big and beautiful, is it inhabited ?
    And I like to visit very old cemetery, this one has beautiful trees in it.
    All the photos are great Judy, I love the one of the beach and the one where you’re back on the mainland.

    • Thank you very much, Jocelyne! No, not inhabited, the mansion is for rent now. The Department of Natural Resources operates the island. Thanks for your compliments!

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