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Historic Attractions

Whether you are a history buff, or you're just looking for something interesting to do on your next trip to the Golden Isles, we have plenty of historical attractions for the whole family to enjoy. From historic forts to plantations and more, there are a variety of some of Georgia's top historical attractions you can enjoy in the Golden Isles. For a complete list of all attractions, please see our attractions page.

Fit all of the Golden Isles' major historic attractions in with this weekend-long history itinerary.

A.W. Jones Heritage Center

A.W. Jones Heritage Center

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912-638-4666

Address:

610 Beachview Drive, A.W. Jones Heritage Center,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society operates the Lighthouse and Maritime Center. Their new headquarters, the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, officially opened in April 2008.

Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum & Library

Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum & Library

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912-638-4050

Address:

100 Arthur Moore Drive,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Dedicated in 1966, the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum has grown since the doors first opened. This modern building holds within it a wide array of treasures that range from the history of St.

Avenue of the Oaks

Avenue of the Oaks

Address:

100 Retreat Avenue, Entrance to The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

From 1760 until the outbreak of the War Between the States, cotton and rice plantations flourished in this area. The Sea Island cotton grown here became famous the world over for its outstanding quality.

Bloody Marsh Battle Site

Bloody Marsh Battle Site

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912-638-3639

Address:

Old Demere Road,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

At the Bloody Marsh Battle Site on July 7th, 1742, an outnumbered force of British troops ambushed and defeated Spanish troops, halting a planned attack on Fort Frederica.  Markers and information panels at this outdoor observation site explain the battle, which once and for all ended Spain's cla

Cannon's Point Preserve

Cannon's Point Preserve

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912-638-9109

Cannon’s Point Preserve (CPP) is a 600-acre tract of greenspace at the north end of St. Simons Island open for public exploration. CPP features wild native species, beautiful mature maritime forest, and six miles of marsh-upland interface.

Cassina Garden Club Houses at Gascoigne Bluff

Cassina Garden Club Slave Cabins

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912-638-9808

Address:

100 Arthur J. Moore Drive, Next to Epworth By The Sea,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Hamilton Plantation, owned by James Hamilton, a native of Scotland, was located on Gascoigne Bluff near Fort Frederica.

Christ Church, Frederica SSI

Christ Church, Frederica

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912-638-8683

Address:

6329 Frederica Rd,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Christ Church, Frederica is located in a serene setting formed by native live oaks, holly and cedar trees. On the site of Christ Church, nestled among huge oak trees on the scenic north end of St.

Epworth By The Sea entrance

Epworth By The Sea

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912-638-8688

Address:

100 Arthur J. Moore Drive,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Epworth By The Sea is a world renown, comprehensive conference and retreat center owned by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Accommodating up to 900 persons, Epworth offers a range of motel rooms, family apartments and youth cabins.

Fort Frederica Marsh

Fort Frederica National Monument

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912-638-3639

Address:

6515 Frederica Road,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

In the early 1700’s, Georgia was the epicenter of a centuries-old conflict between Spain and Britain. In 1736, three years after the founding of Savannah, James Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica to protect his southern boundary.

Gascoigne Bluff Park on St. Simons Island

Gascoigne Bluff

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Address:

100 Arthur J. Moore Drive, Next to Epworth By The Sea,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Historically, Gascoigne Bluff was the first possible landing area for a ship entering the harbor.  The site of an Indian settlement long before the Wesleys landed here with James Oglethorpe, Gascoigne Bluff has been headquarters for a military invasion, a Sea Island cotton plantation, the site of

Brunswick Historic Courthouse

Historic Brunswick Courthouse

Address:

701 G Street,
Brunswick, GA 31520
United States

The Historic Brunswick Courthouse is situated in a grove of live oaks within Magnolia Square—one of the historic parks and squares used to house livestock as a community pasture. The parcel was purchased in 1905 from the City for $1.00.

Historic Ritz Theatre Sign

Historic Ritz Theatre

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912-262-6934

Address:

1530 Newcastle St., Corner of F Street,
Brunswick, GA 31520
United States

Originally, the Grand Opera House, a three-story Victorian building featuring ornate brick and stone work, was built for the legitimate stage. Later, it served as a theatre for vaudeville. In the 1920's, as motion pictures became the rage, the Opera House was converted into a movie palace.

Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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912-264-7333

Address:

5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N.,
Brunswick, GA 31525
United States

This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River.

Horton House Historic Site

Horton House

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Address:

N. Riverview Drive,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

Major William Horton was granted Jekyll Island by the Trustees of the colony of Georgia in 1738, and he constructed this home in 1743. The Horton House is one of the oldest standing tabby structure exteriors in the state.

Jekyll Island Museum

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912-635-4036

Address:

100 Stable Rd.,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

The Jekyll Island Museum is your Gateway to the Gilded Era.

Jekyll Island National Historic District

Jekyll Island National Historic District

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Address:

Riverview Drive,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

At first, it was the farm and home of John Eugene duBignon. But, with the help of his brother-in-law Newton Finney, it became what Munsey’s Magazine called "the richest, most inaccessible club in the world" – the Jekyll Island Club.

Lover's Oak

Lover's Oak

Address:

Prince Street, at Albany Street,
Brunswick, GA 31520
United States

The Lover's Oak (said to date back to the 12th century) is located at the intersection of Albany and Prince Streets in Historic Downtown Brunswick. According to local legend, Native American braves and their maidens met under the majestic spreading limbs of this enormous oak.

Maritime Center - U.S. Coast Guard Station

Maritime Center

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912-638-4666

Address:

4201 1st Street, PO Box 21136,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

The Maritime Center makes its home in the Historic Coast Guard Station.  Filled with interactive exhibits and galleries, this interesting museum offers an exciting look at coastal Georgia’s natural assets, maritime and military history.

Oak Grove Cemetery

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Address:

1500 Mansfield Street,
Brunswick, GA 31520
United States

Oak Grove Cemetery is a Victorian Era cemetery established by the city of Brunswick in 1838. Originally ten acres, the boundaries were reduced to three acres in 1871. There are more than 1,200 graves, 418 unmarked and over 60 unknown.

Old City Hall in Brunswick, GA

Old City Hall

912-265-4032

Address:

1229 Newcastle Street,
Brunswick, GA 31520
United States

Brunswick's Old City Hall has developed a split personality. This part-time city courthouse doubles as Brunswick's new venue of choice for everything from class reunions to wedding receptions.

Signature Squares of Brunswick

Signature Squares of Brunswick

Signature Squares of Brunswick, a non-profit preservation organization, was founded in 2005 to reclaim and beautify the original colonial parks and squares in the Old Town district of the city.

St. Andrews Picnic Area

St. Andrews Picnic Area

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Address:

S. Beachview Drive,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

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St. Simons Lighthouse

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

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912-638-4666

Address:

610 Beachview Drive,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Located near the village and pier, the St. Simons Lighthouse is one of only five surviving light towers in Georgia.  An operational navigation aid for traffic entering St. Simons Sound, it casts its light as far as 23 miles out to sea.  Unlike many other operational lighthouses, the St.