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.
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!
The main building housing the University of Georgia Marine Institute was once part of a dairy and farming operation overseen by tobacco heir Richard Reynolds during his residence on Sapelo Island. It seems out of place in the harsh environment of Sapelo, but Reynolds was a worldly man whose influences ran the gamut of style and function. The weathervane (below) depicting a tall ship is one of my favorite features of the structure.