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About Saint Simons Island
St. Simons captivates visitors with remarkable beauty and fascinating history. lovely beaches, 99 holes of golf, tennis, and countless shops and restaurants. Historic remnants of bygone eras, including Ft.Frederica and the sites of antebellum plantations, dot the Island. Treasures are found around every bend on this island, the largest of The Golden Isles.
Following the Spanish discovery of the Georgia Coast in 1540, efforts over the next century were focused on missionary coversions of the Native American tribes. Over time, differences between the cultures led to disagreements between the two groups. During the late 1500's, because of local events and conditions, there was a great decline in the missions. Eventually they vanished, until recent archeological research revealed their origins on St. Catherines.
During 1739, the British
declared war on Spain. Three years later, the Spanish inhabited St. Simons
Island with over 3,000 men. Britain, with its mere 630 men, fought off
the Spanish. "The Battle of Bloody Marsh" determined Georgia
and the colonies would become of British heritage.
Geography and climate of Coastal Georgia, made St.Simons and the Sea Islands especially suited for the growing of cotton. Hence, the rise of the plantation system and the reputation Coastal Georgia maintained for fine, Sea Island Cotton. Tourism, industry, maritime fisheries, agricultural pursuits, all have contributed to the areas' development. For many years, the barrier islands of Georgia have been vacation spots. The resort aspects of island living flourish and are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
While visiting St. Simons, be sure to take a morning stroll, or an evening walk to the St. Simons Pier, in the Village. Young children and adults alike adore Neptune Park, overlooking the ocean. Visit the St. Simons Lighthouse and LightKeepers' cottage, the Casino complex and numerous local shops. Excellent restaurants abound in the area. J.Mac's Island Restaurant offers gourmet cuisine and is a delight! Morning breakfast at the SandCastle will find you seated next to locals and visitors. Looking for just the right souvenir or fun gift? Frederica Station has the perfect selection for even the pickiest shopper. The Village has become the St. Simons Destination for residents and visitors savoring local island living. See ya in the Village!
Another feature of
St. Simons Island is the relatively new St. Simons Land Trust. They are
dedicated to helping preserve the "look and feel" of St. Simons
Island even though it is a rapidly developing community both in residential
space and business fronts.