Tag Archives: Signs of Coastal Georgia

Red Carpet Lounge, Brunswick

The Red Carpet Lounge has been a gentleman’s club and lounge in downtown Brunswick for over fifty years.

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Catfish Farm Sign, Burnt Fort

I don’t know anything about the catfish farm, but the redbreast and bluegills have been drawing fishermen to Burnt Fort on the Satilla for generations. My father has great memories of fishing here when he was a boy in the 1950s.

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Jekyll Fishing Center

Jekyll Fishing Center Clam Creek Jekyll Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This bait shop/general store, located at the Clam Creek Fishing Pier, has a really cool sign! They can also help you charter fishing and eco-trips in the area.

Jekyll Fishing Center Jekyll Island GA Angry Shark Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

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Rod & Gun Club Marina, The Ridge

Rod & Gun Club Marina Ridgeville GA McIntosh Couny Live Bait Shrimp Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

This marina, located off Georgia Highway 99 just north of Ridgeville  was known for years as Blue & Hall’s Marina. The road here leading to the North River is known as Blue-n-Hall Road. Missy Brandt notes that this area was the site of a skirmish between Union and Confederate troops in 1862.

 

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Hog Hammock, Sapelo Island

Hog Hammock is the last intact Geechee/Gullah community in Georgia. Most of the remaining residents are descendants of African slaves brought to Sapelo Island to work on the plantation of Thomas Spalding. Historically known as Hogg Hummock, it was named for a resident, Sampson Hogg. At one time, there were several communities on the island: Raccoon Bluff, Hanging Bull, Behavior, Chocolate, and Shell Hummock, but when Richard Reynolds acquired the bulk of the island in the 1930s, he consolidated all the residents into Hog Hammock.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of resident and unofficial ambassador Cornelia Walker Bailey, the community has become nationally known. Her bestselling book, God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island, Georgia (Anchor Press, 2001-available through the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society (SICARS) or on Amazon) is a fascinating blend of autobiography and cultural history that is a must-read if you plan on visiting the island.

Today, largely through the efforts of Mrs. Bailey and SICARS, the vanishing cultural traditions and folkways are being preserved, but there is the constant threat of encroachment by outsiders. Hog Hammock is one of those places where, rightfully so, visitors are welcome but invaders are not. It is sad to think that as the population of the island dwindles due to death and old age, many properties in Hog Hammock will be sold to outside interests with no concern for this unique history. I applaud Hog Hammock’s citizens for attempting to maintain their social and cultural  heritage in a world often interested in nothing more than commercial and material gain and I hope that Hog Hammock survives far into the future.

If you ever visit you will be amazed at this magical place. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you come back to the mainland on the Katie Underwood…let me just say that there’s something about Sapelo time that just doesn’t synch up with  the rest of the world!

Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Sapelo Island can only be reached by ferry or plane. And I’m not sure about the second option. The ferry leaves the Meridian dock at least twice every day except major holidays and advance reservations are suggested, if not required. Access to the island is quite limited, but it’s worth the trouble! But if you go, please be mindful that while the residents are welcoming of tourists who appreciate their culture, they’re not a sideshow or a museum exhibit. This is their home and way of life, so please be respectful of that fact.

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Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island

Epworth By The Sea is a retreat and learning center operated by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and is named in honor of the English home of John and Charles Wesley who guided the formation of the Methodist Church. With a first-class library, museum, and recreational and lodging facilities, Epworth has hosted visitors from all over the world since it opened in 1950.

http://www.epworthbythesea.org/history.html

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Roadside Produce Stand, Eulonia

Roadside stands selling peaches, peanuts, watermelons, and other iconic local crops, seem to be making a huge comeback, as the traffic at this one just off I-95 would attest.

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