Category Archives: Tybee Island GA

Dolphin Tours & Shrimp Boats, Tybee Island

Lazaretto Creek GA Tybee Island Chatham County Captain Mikes Dolphin Tour Boats Ecotourism Coco's Bar Seafood Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Lazaretto Creek is located on the edge of Tybee Island and can be accessed at the Lazaretto Creek Fishing Pier off U. S. Highway 80 or just over the Lazaretto Creek Bridge. It’s a great area for tourists and locals alike to stop and take in the salt marsh scenery. Georgia’s endangered shrimping industry is usually represented with a few boats and Captain Mike’s bright yellow Dolphin boats (in business since 1992) herald a boom in ecotourism. It’s really a nice contrast between old and new.

Lazaretto Creek GA Tybee Island Chatham County Shrimp Boats Savannah Confederate Flag Atlantic Ocean Tidal Creek Salt Marsh Seafood Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

http://www.tybeedolphins.com/

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Tybee Light, 1773, & Head Keeper’s House, 1881

The lower sixty feet of this lighthouse date to John Mulryne’s construction of 1773, itself a replacement for two previous lighthouses (the first of which was built for James Oglethorpe,  in 1736). So strategic and important to the future growth of Georgia was the placement of a lighthouse at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Savannah River that General Oglethorpe threatened to hang the incompetent builder of the first beacon. Numerous modifications and additions have been made over the ensuing two centuries.

http://www.tybeelighthouse.org/index.htm

The head lightkeeper’s house, seen below, was built in 1881.

National Register of Historic Places

 

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Tybee Lite Shrine Club

Located in a section of the old Fort Screven complex, the Tybee “Lite” Shrine Club pays homage to the famous lighthouse just across the street.

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Gulick Street, Tybee Island

 

 

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Bowie Seafood, Tybee Island

Bowie Seafood is a popular and longtime local favorite on the island, though the hours are often irregular. Tybee Islanders will tell you that Bowie’s has some of the freshest seafood in town.

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Fort Screven Guardhouse, 1905, Tybee Island

tybee island ga historic fort screven guard house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing coastal georgia usa 2016

Built by the U. S. Army, the Fort Screven Guard House served the military in various functions until being decommissioned in the 1940s. It briefly served as the Tybee Jail, in the 1950’s and 1960’s and became the Tybee Island Community Center in the 1970’s. Inappropriate modifications were made during these decades. Recent restoration work has undone many of the architecturally inappropriate modifications made over the years and it is a first class landmark, among the oldest public buildings on Tybee Island.

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