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The Tree Spirits Of St. Simons Island

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If you look closely at certain majestic oak trees that cover St. Simons Island, it's possible to find one gazing back at you.  Either peering out from the trunk (in-between two huge branches) or from the stub of a long-vanished branch, you may see the unmistakable image of a weathered face.

These are the Tree Spirits of St. Simons Island  -lovingly carved faces emerging from the trees. The images, created by skilled hands, immortalize the countless sailors who lost their lives at sea aboard the mighty sailing ships that were once made from St. Simons Island oak. Their sad, sorrowful expressions seem to reflect the grieving appearance of the trees themselves with their drooping branches and moss.

View a map of the St. Simons Island Tree Spirits.