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Coastal Georgia Historical Society's World War II Home Front Museum at the HIstoric Coast Guard Station on St. Simons Island

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Honoring the Home Front

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society's newly opened World War II Home Front Museum recounts how our quiet coastal region was transformed when our country went to war and brings to life the extraordinary contributions made by Coastal Georgia.

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The tabby slave cabins at Gascoigne Bluff will be open to the public for guided educational tours by the Cassina Garden Club docents between 10am-noon on Saturday, February 2nd and on the first and third Saturdays of the month from February-May. Read more

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Wanderer Survivors List

Photo courtesy of Jekyll Island Authority

The newly opened Wanderer Memory Trail is the second memorial to be placed on the south end of Jekyll Island in tribute to the enslaved passengers of the Wanderer, the last known slave ship to land in Georgia. Guided tours available in February. Read more

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Learn more about Susie Baker King Taylor, a woman born into slavery, who later became the first black teacher for freed African American students to work in an openly operating Freedmen's school in Georgia. Read more

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NAS Glynco Airship Hangar

Image courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

This January marks the 76th anniversary of a significant World War II event in local history. On January 25, 1943, Naval Air Station Glynco was commissioned as one of five airship bases strategically located between Massachusetts and Florida. Read more

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Provided courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

In the mid to late 1930s, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort operated as a Beach and Yacht Club. In addition to beach access, amenities included a spacious clubhouse, an oyster bar with pecky cypress paneling, and the outdoor Bamboo Garden. Read more

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During World War II, official U.S. Navy photographers acted as the "eyes" of the military. Their photos documenting some of the training and personnel at Naval Air Station, St. Simons, help us understand what it was like to be stationed here then. Read more

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As we head into the most active months of the hurricane season, we cast our minds back to the early 19th century when a major storm devastated our coast and disgraced Vice President Aaron Burr came to St. Simons to seek refuge from his own storm. Read more

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Still photo from the 1916 Brunswick filming of "The Wrecker"

Photo courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Starting in 1916, pioneer filmmaker Richard E. Norman travelled to as many as forty towns in the Midwest and South to shoot the film "The Wrecker," using train wreck footage and the same screenplay in each location. Brunswick was among those cities. Read more

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Doris Duke Christening the Liberty Ship named after her father.

Photo provided by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

The J.A. Jones Shipyard of Brunswick, was one of 18 shipyards throughout the U.S. to produce Liberty ships during World War II.The Liberty ships are credited with providing a vital lifeline of food and war material to the Allies’ global war effort. Read more

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Courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Hurricane Dora ripped across St. Simons Island and around the Georgia coast in September 50 years ago. President Lyndon Johnson followed in her wake, and the still-standing "Johnson Rocks" were installed. Read more

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Svendsen Children Christmas

Image courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society

Light keeper C.O. Svendsen, his wife Annie, and their three children spent many Christmases at the St. Simons Lighthouse between 1907 and 1935. Here are some of the recollections of those holidays on the island. Read more

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Carl Olaf Svendsen, Jr and Happy

Photo courtesy of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

Carl Olaf Svendsen, Jr. resided at The Keeper's Dwelling at the base of the lighthouse throughout his childhood and collected artifacts of the island's history while roaming and exploring the sparsely populated areas of the island. Read more

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St. Simons Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens

Coastal Georgia Historical Society

While there are many hundreds of operating lighthouses along sea and lake shores in the U.S., only 85 cast and concentrate their beams through a Fresnel lens, one of them is our own St. Simons Lighthouse. Read more

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Jodocus Hondius, Virginiae Item et Floridae, circa 1620

From the archives of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

An interest in family history led the late Dr. John Speir Josey, a St. Simons resident and ophthalmologist who practiced medicine locally from 1962-1998, into the world of historical maps. Read more

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For over a century, present-day Sea Island was known as Long Island. It was here amid the undeveloped coastal woodlands of Long Island that Camp Fendig, a summer camp for Boy Scouts, operated in the 1920s and 1930s. Read more

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Harrington School pre-restoration

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Learn about the Harrington School, its historic significance in and impact on this community, and the efforts that were taken to save it. On February 4, celebrate this important part of the island's past. Read more

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Paul Meacham, @CoastalGATravel

February is recognized nationally as Black History Month. Here on the Georgia coast, this history is rich and varied. It encompasses traditions that can be traced back to West Africa, spans generations, and tells tales of both triumph and tragedy. Read more

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Mason Stewart shares the unique origins and coastal lowland tradition of The Shout. Learn more about the songs and steps and the evolution of the shouter groups that exist in the area. Read more

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Ophelia Dent with her shotgun, dogs, and rice bird

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation archives

Mason Stewart shares the story of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, a river plantation in Coastal Georgia, and the indomitable spirit that kept it alive through its 167-year family history. Historic photos provided by Hofwyl-Braodfield Plantation. Read more

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Glynn Academy is not only one of the oldest, publically funded coeducational systems in the US, but it began as an early American educational experiment. Mason Stewart shares that history and some recollections from Glynn Academy alumni. Read more

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