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Cow Skull, Hog Hammock

Cow Skull Hog Hammock GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

On occasion, cows can be seen roaming freely around Hog Hammock, grazing on grasses and weeds in the isolated community. While this may seem a random occurrence, it is actually a sustainable practice dating back hundreds of years and the cows’ ramblings aren’t unknown to their owners.

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Abandoned House, Hog Hammock

Abandoned Vernacular House Hog Hammock GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Johnson Hammock, Sapelo Island

House in Johnson Hammock GA Sapelo Island Moss Covered Oaks Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Just outside Hog Hammock is the community of Johnson Hammock, barely distinguishable but hauntingly beautiful in its own special way. It’s characterized by numerous old moss-covered oaks.

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Sapelo Island Lighthouse, 1820

Sapelo Island GA Light Lighthouse Station Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

National Register of Historic Places

 

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Lighthouse Road, Sapelo Island

Shell Road to Light House Sapelo Island GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

This white dirt road, reenforced with shells, leads to the Sapelo Island lighthouse. It can be accessed by the road leading from Nanny Goat Beach to the Reynolds Mansion and affords visitors beautiful views of the marsh and related habitats, such as the pond shown below.

Sapelo Island GA Tidal Pond Petrified Tree Driftwood Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

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Duplin River, McIntosh County

Duplin River GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The Duplin is a tidal river forming the western border of Sapelo Island and emptying into Doboy Sound. It is 8.1 miles in length.

 

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Turkey Fountain, Sapelo Island

Turkey Statue Fountain University of Georgia Marine Institute Sapelo Island GA Richard RJ Reynolds Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

In the quadrangle of the University of Georgia Marine Institute can be found one of the most interesting pieces of outdoor sculpture in the state and certainly the most famous on Sapelo. Richard Reynolds commissioned a large fountain topped with this large turkey and joined by two smaller turkeys on the ends of the structure. I’ve heard that it was “given” to his wife as a Christmas gift, much to her dismay, but I’m not sure if there’s any validity to that story. Still, if you make it Sapelo Island, be sure you visit the Marine Institute and the turkey fountain!

 

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