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Southern Soul Barbeque, St. Simons Island

Southern Soul Barbeque Smoke Joint St Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

I rarely endorse businesses on any of my websites, but some places are so extraordinary they deserve a mention. One such place is the unlikely St. Simons landmark, Southern Soul Barbeque. You might have read about it in Garden & Gun, Southern Living, or The New  York Times, or seen it on the Travel Channel, or the popular Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. But none of those outlets can compare to a visit in the flesh. Owners Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp transformed this 1940s gas station into a mecca for barbeque and soul food lovers and their fans are legion. There’s a great beer selection and a good variety of sauces for different tastes. (I prefer the mustard/vinegar-based Carolina style sauces, none of the sweet stuff for me).

Southern Soul Barbeque Pulled Pork Plate Mac Cheese Collard Greens St Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Everyone probably has his own favorite dish. Mine is the first meal I ever ate here. The pulled pork with mac & cheese and collard greens was truly heaven on a plate. The white bread was a fitting accompaniment to this holy trinity of Southern cuisine.

Southern Soul Barbeque Restaurant St Simons Island GA Cool Pit Cook Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

You know it’s going to be good when the employees who work in the heat and smoke all day still have smiles on their faces.

Southern Soul Barbeque St Simons Island GA Food Writing Books Cornbread Nation SFA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Books like the Southern Foodways Alliance’s classic series, Cornbread Nation, take up shelf space with modern culinary classics ranging from The Whole Hog Cookbook and Southern Belly to  Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey and Smoke and Pickles. As a reader and book collector, I was amazed!

Southern Soul Barbeque St Simons Island GA Patrons Inside Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

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On Board

Shrimp Boat Family Darien GA McIntosh County in 2012 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

This is an outttake from the 2012 Blessing of the Fleet. I believe this boat was the Amazing Grace, which was lost not long after the festival.

 

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Gravesite of General Francis Hopkins, Crescent

General Francis Hopkins Headstone Hopkins Belleville Cemetery Crescent GA McIntosh County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

In Memoriam – General Francis Hopkins – Obit MDCCCXXI – Aged 49 Years

General Francis Hopkins (10 November 1770 – 5 May 1821) gave the land for this cemetery, known as the Hopkins-Belleville Cemetery. It’s located behind Crescent Baptist Church. Born an only child to South Carolina parents in Bluffton with Loyalist ties, Hopkins and his wife Rebecca Sayre (March 1776 – 3 August 1850) moved to Georgia at the urging of Thomas Spalding, who sold the family several plantations along the coast. They first resided at Chatelet Plantation on Sapelo Island, better known today as Chocolate. He would eventually own five plantations and over 150 slaves.

Hopkins entered the Georgia Militia as a Lieutenant in McIntosh County. He was commissioned a Captain, then a Major of the McIntosh County Battalion during the War of 1812. In 1817 he was commissioned Brigadier-General, 1st Brigade of the 1st Division, in command of the militia in the counties of Wayne, Camden, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan, Chatham and Effingham.

General Hopkins served eight terms as McIntosh County’s representative in the state legislature and spent two years as a state senator. He was a justice of the McIntosh Inferior Court from 1813 until his death.

Crescent GA McIntosh County Hopkins Belleville Cemetery General Hopkins Family Plot Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

The enclosed burial plot of his family is the most interesting feature of the cemetery. To access the site, you walk up a set of steps and then down a set of steps to get inside the enclosure.

Crescent GA McIntosh County General Francis Hopkins Family Burial Enclosure Plantation Owner Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Crescent GA McIntosh County General Francis Hopkins Family Burial Enclosure Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

The smaller enclosure within the walls is likely the earliest feature; the bricks are beginning to collapse.

 

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Bringing in Oysters, Darien

Oystermen Bringing in the Days Catch of Oysters Darien River Altamaha Delta Darien GA McIntosh County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Scenes like this are common along the coast, but the independent fisherman is a dying breed. Environmental changes and farm-raised shellfish from Asia are the biggest threat.

 

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Fishing on Black Island Creek, McIntosh County

Fisherman on Black Island Creek Causeway McItnosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

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Sea Turtle Release, Jekyll Island

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Public Event Release Rehabilitation Prepping Staging Area Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

I was lucky enough to be on Jekyll Island this weekend for the release of two rehabilitated “patients” by the great folks at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. A large crowd was on hand to witness this special event.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Release at Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island GA Endangered Species Wildlife Rehabilitation Management Public Event Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Release at Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island GA Well Wishes Endangered Species Wildlife Rehabilitation Management Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The first of the two releases was an immature Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) named Ebb. Ebb was found in a tidal pool on Jekyll Island on 7 July 2013 and was a bit anemic.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Chelonia mydas Release Ebb Green Sea Turtle Supporting Crowds Jekyll Island GA Picture Image Photograph © Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Chelonia mydas Release Ebb Green Sea Turtle Jekyll Island GA Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas Ebb Release Atlantic Ocean Jekyll Island GA Endangered Species Picture Image Photograph © Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas Ebb Release at Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island GA Endangered Species Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

 

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Release Event Crowds Watching Jekyll Island GA Glory Beach Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The second patient to be returned to the Atlantic Ocean was Cinnamon, a Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta). The sub-adult turtle, approximately 15 years old, was found stranded on Blackbeard Island on 29 June 2013 and was rehabilitated at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s Turtle Hospital.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Cinammon Release Going Back into Atlantic Ocean Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Rehabilitated 15 Year Old Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Cinammon Going Back into Atlantic Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Cinammon Released Going Back into Atlantic Ocean Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Cinammon Release Going Back into Atlantic Ocean Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island GA Painted Van Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The work of the center is ongoing, including perhaps the most important work of all, the monitoring of sea turtle nests around the island and on other barrier islands. Nesting appears to have steadily increased since the work was initiated, and for the fourth consecutive year a record number have been recorded. 2,241 have been monitored this year!

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island GA Glory Beach South Dunes Area Checking Nests Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Please visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center when you find yourself on Jekyll Island. It’s some of the best work the state of Georgia does and though admission to the hospital is a bit expensive, all the monies are used exclusively for the educational and rehabilitative mission of the center. They’re located at the old Jekyll Island Power Plant (1903), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island GA Old Club Power Station Restored Wildlife Rehabilitation Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

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150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Black Union Reenactors Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Reenactors of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Encampment

On June 11, 1863 the seaport of Darien was vandalized and burned by Federal forces stationed on nearby St. Simons Island. The town was largely deserted, most of its 500 residents having sought refuge inland. Lost were public buildings, churches, businesses and most private residences. Conducting the raid were units comprised of among the first African-American troops to serve the Union cause, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers under Col. Robert G. Shaw, and the 2nd South Carolina Volunteers under Col. James Montgomery. The burning of Darien, undefended and of little strategic importance, was one of the most controversial events of the Civil War. (Text of  historic marker placed by the Lower Altamaha Historical Society and the Georgia Historical Society in 2001). The movie Glory was based loosely on the story of the 54th Massachusetts.

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Union Reenactors at Tent by Darien River Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Union Reenactors 54th Massachusetts Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Young Reenactor in Uniform by River Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Large crowds were on hand to see reenactors demonstrating all aspects of Civil War camp life and techniques at the Darien Riverfront Park. The reenactors had as much fun as the visitors and it was a perfect day for such a commemoration. Even the “spirits” of the era were on display!

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Whiskeys Liquors Alcohol in Antique Style Bottles Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Union Reenactors Canon Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Union Reenactors Firing Canon Crew from Fort McAllister Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Union Reenactors Firing Canon Crew from Fort McAllister State Park Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

A canon crew from nearby Fort McAllister State Park was on hand, with hourly firings. This was certainly one of the more popular attractions of the day.

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Confederate Reenactors in Period Clothing in front of Adam Strain Building Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Missy Brandt and Will Wilson pose in front of the Adam Strain Building, which survived (with damage) the Burning of Darien and stands today as the oldest relic of the town’s early history.

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Ladies in Period Dress Waiting for Parade to Start Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Ladies in period dress provided a civilian aspect to the reenactment.

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Parade Union Reenactors 54th Massachusetts Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Union Reenactors Parading down Broad Street Downtown Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Crowd at Ceremonial Lighting of Torch Reenactment Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

At noon, uniformed reenactors paraded down Broad Street among enthusiastic crowds to the Adam Strain Building for a ceremonial torch lighting. It was nice to see such a huge turnout for this event.

150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien GA Civil War Sesquicentennial Southern Heritage Vendors Confederate Flags Kitsch Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The Burning of Darien Museum Visitors Viewing Artifacts McIntosh County GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The new Darien Civil War Museum represents wonderful work by members of the McIntosh County Historic Preservation Commission and numerous volunteers. Harriet Langford reports that over 200 people visited the museum during the commemoration. The museum is located on 1st Street, just off U. S. Highway 17 and houses artifacts, including a recreation of the Garey family’s parlor (below), as it appeared before being sacked by Union troops in 1863.

The Burning of Darien Museum Garey Family Parlor Circa 1863 McIntosh County GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

 

 

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