Category Archives: Sapelo Island GA

Eastern Wood-Pewee, Hog Hammock

A small tyrant flycatcher, this Eastern W00d-Pewee (Contopus virens) was busy catching bugs, which are in great abundance on the island, near the Farmers Alliance Hall during my last visit. I was glad to get a shot of him at work.

 

 

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Johnson Hammock, Sapelo Island

Just outside Hog Hammock is the community of Johnson Hammock, barely distinguishable but just as bucolic as the rest of the island. It’s characterized by numerous old moss-covered oaks. This is one of the Johnson family homes, built circa 1940.

Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Lighthouse Road, Sapelo Island

This shell road leads to the Sapelo Island lighthouse.

 

 

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Duplin River, McIntosh County

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. This view was made from the ferry dock on Sapelo, looking southwest into the sound.

 

 

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Turkey Fountain, Sapelo Island

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. In 1936, Dick Reynolds commissioned German sculptor Fritz Zimmer to design 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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Reynolds Dairy Barn, 1936, Sapelo Island

The main building housing the University of Georgia Marine Institute was first a dairy operation overseen by tobacco heir Richard Reynolds during his residence on Sapelo Island.

The building has been used for scientific pursuits since 1954.

 

 

 

 

 

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Research Vessel Spartina, Sapelo Island

The University of Georgia Marine Institute maintains the Spartina for estuarine research around Sapelo Island. It’s named for the thick cord grass so abundant along the Georgia coast.

 

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William Jones House, Circa 1900, Hog Hammock

This is among the older surviving houses in the Hog Hammock community.

Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Julius Green House, Circa 1930, Hog Hammock

Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Sapelo Orange Grove, Hog Hammock

Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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