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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. 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. 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. more

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Fort Frederica with the Southeast Archeological Center, Friends of Fort Frederica, and Golden Isles Archaeology Society will be hosting archeological excavations within the Town of Frederica from May 29 through June 6. The public is invited. more

Events

Fort Frederica River View

Joe Loehle

The Southeastern coast has such stories to tell about the birth and growth of this place called America. Visit the forts we have within a few hours driving distance to learn more about the battles that took place to maintain her freedom. more

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Julie Andrew

Glynn County, the St. Simons Land Trust and Supporters of the Park at Harrington celebrated the opening of Harrington Community Park, which surrounds Harrington School, the one-room schoolhouse where African-American children were educated 1920-1955. more

People & Places

If you’re visiting St. Simons Island and the surrounding area, it seems like there’s never time to fit in everything you want to do. Even a week just isn’t quite enough. EIL is here to help! Here's our guide to summer fun in the Golden Isles. more

Take a walk down memory lane on St. Simons Island as Billie Huggins recounts growing up as the daughter of the "mail lady" during those days in the 1940s and 50s when there was a ferris wheel in the Village. more

Culture & History

"All of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean." ~ John F. Kennedy more

In celebration of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary, the 2015 Chautauqua series of four lectures on Thursday evenings in August will explore the world of American lighthouses, with special emphasis on the St. Simons Light. more

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Continuing with our “live like a local” theme, another good way to impress the locals is to demonstrate that you know and love what we love. You can do that with your beach reading material. Read local! more

People & Places

As the Coastal Georgia Historical Society celebrates 50 years, it looks confidently ahead to new projects, new opportunities and new challenges that reflect its mission and reward our community and visitors. more

Culture & History

Ruth Kolumber, Janice Rodriguez

Julie Andrew Tharpe

A brief visit by rain showers was no obstacle to who participated in Cassina Garden Club’s annual Garden Walk. Lots of visitors stopped by the tabby cabins to check out the restoration project and enjoy refreshments at the Garden Party more

People & Places

The history of the King and Prince is an 80-year arc of landmark existence on SSI The King and Prince began as a small, seaside dance club in 1935. In 1941, the first handful of guest rooms made it a hotel. During the war, it served the US Navy. more

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Cheers!

Joe Loehle

Each year the Tour of Homes presented by the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica draws visitors from near and far to see the breathtaking residences and historical stops that are featured. Photography by Joe Loehle. more

Fashion

On March 27-29, Cassina Garden Club will hold a “Cabin Fever Weekend” in their ongoing fundraising for “Cabin Fever.” The highlight of that weekend is the “Cabin Sleepover” with Joe McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project. 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. more

Culture & History

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. more

Culture & History

In celebration of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary, the monthly “SSI Archives” pages in Elegant Island Living during 2015 will feature artifacts from the Society’s archives and the stories behind them. more

Culture & History

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. more

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