Little St. Simons Island History
Hooking around the northern end of St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons has for years been a private preserve. Purchased for its stand of cedar trees, the wood proved unsuitable for making pencils. However, president of Engle Pencil Company, Philip Berolzheimer had fallen in love with the island’s beauty. In the early 1900s, he built a special retreat for family and friends. Soon some of New York City’s most prominent policy makers joined Berolzheimer for weeks at a time. Known as the “Eight Bandits,” the group came to enjoy hunting, fishing, parlor games and each other’s company. A flag adopted for their residence on the island featured a line of eight ducks flowing over a running deer. Today a somewhat modified version serves as the island’s logo.
A commitment to the preservation of history and the island’s environment has maintained its special character. While the island’s flora and fauna mirror that of St. Simons, it is the tranquility of the place that speaks to visitors and enthralls them.
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island’s accommodations are elegantly rustic, both spacious and comfortable, and in keeping with the island’s character.
Nature experiences include access to the seven miles of undeveloped beach. Shepherded and protected, the island functions as a special nature retreat, where only a room may be rented or the entire island. Guests come and go with a better knowledge of the uniqueness of this golden treasure thanks to the wisdom of its owners and their insistence that all visits encompass a return to nature. Reached only by boat from the north end of St. Simons, this 11,000 acres preserve offers a unique coastal experience.