History lovers will absolutely enjoy a historical journey to St. Simons Island. Our vacation destination features a rich history here on the East Coast that is easy for you to explore during your stay. Take a look at these St Simons Island attractions to explore during your historical journey:
Revolutionary War Sites
Several battles during the Revolutionary War and Civil War took place right here on St. Simons Island. However, some battles took place on the island even before the founding of our country. On July 7th, 1742, an outflanked British squad was ambushed and surprisingly defeated a larger Spanish force. The site of the Bloody Marsh Battle is still open for visitors. The outdoor observation area even has markers to indicate where specific instances in the battle took place. You can visit the Bloody Marsh Battle Site found just off Demere Road on St. Simons Island.
Additional battles between Great Britain and Spain took place on St. Simons Island over the years. Fort Frederica was established in 1736 on St. Simons Island to help protect this southern boundary. Fort Frederica was one of the primary sites for the Battle of Bloody Marsh and helped establish Georgia as a site for British colonies in the decades to come. Once outside military threats began to diminish, the fort was disbanded in 1749. Come see this historic site in person by visiting 6515 Frederica Rd.
St. Simons Island’s location just off the coast of Georgia made it an important site for early naval travelers. During the 1800s, several lighthouses were built on the island to help travelers reach their destination. These lighthouses continue to be open for visitors and can be explored. We recommend starting with the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, located just outside the village. This lighthouse was built in 1872 and replaced the original lighthouse originally built in 1810 but was destroyed by Confederate forces during the Civil War in 1861. What is unique about this lighthouse is that it still operates to help with navigation for ships. You can make it up the 129 steps of the lighthouses to reach the top and get unprecedented views of the island. Visit the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum found at 610 Beachview Drive.
More History on St. Simons Island
As you can see, there is plenty of history to explore during your stay on St. Simons Island. Reserve your vacation rental today and plan ahead for your historical journey!
If you are looking for incredible natural attractions found nowhere else, you will marvel at your time spent on St. Simons Island. Our vacation destination features some wonderful attractions that are a part of the island and have become a part of the history of St. Simons Island. Here are some natural St. Simons Island attractions for you to see:
Cannon’s Point Preserve
There is nothing better than to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings in nature during your vacation getaway. St. Simons Island is home to Cannon’s Point Preserve, a local wildlife preservation that has been open for decades. Cannon’s Point Preserve is an important landmark for St. Simons Island as it has some of the last intact maritime forest left on the island. It is on one of the larger peninsulas for St. Simons Island that stretches out over six miles and contains tidal creeks, river shores, and more. The ruins of John Couper’s plantation home can also be seen with a visit to the preserve. Visitors are allowed into the preserve on Saturdays, Sundays, and between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Mondays. Guests can also volunteer to help work on this beautiful area found only at Cannon’s Point Preserve.
Wesley Memorial & Gardens
Another important natural attraction found on St. Simons Island is the elegant Wesley Memorial & Gardens. Those interested in religious history will find plenty to enjoy and explore with a visit to the gardens. This natural attraction is named after the founders of the Methodist church John and Charles Wesley. In addition to the immaculate gardens which are maintained throughout the year, visitors will also find the Celtic cross that is cut from 15 tons of granite. Overall, the gardens sit on two acres that are filled with native plants and trees that can only be found on St. Simons Island. The spring season is a recommended time to visit as visitors can see the blooming azaleas up close. Keep an ear out for the bell tolls that occur every half hour from the Wesley Methodist Church found adjacent to Wesley Memorial & Gardens.
Enjoy St. Simons Island Attractions
These two natural attractions are just a few of the many wonderful landmarks you can find on St. Simons Island. Call today and reserve your vacation rental on the island that will keep you close to all of the popular St Simons Island attractions.