There’s no better place to experience the rich history of Georgia than St. Simons Island.
Surrounded by moss-covered oaks and quaint island streets, it’s a beautiful island destination with a fascinating historical background. Whether you’re a lone traveler or a family of history buffs, we promise you’ll enjoy these captivating and informative museums just a short drive from McIntosh Manor.
World War II Home Front Museum
Georgia has a rich history, and it’s on full display in the World war II Home Front Museum. The museum features plenty of hands-on, interactive exhibitions that visitors of all ages will enjoy. It showcases a variety of rotating displays that cover much of Georgia’s historical contributions beyond just World War II, and it remains a must-see attraction for all visitors to the area.
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
To this day, the St. Simons lighthouse guides maritime traffic through the St. Simons Sound. Housed in the room of the original keeper, the museum features historical artifacts and interactive displays. Visitors can also ascend the stairs to the top of the lighthouse and tour a replica of the lighthouse keeper’s quarters on the second floor, where they can imagine how they would have lived in the early 1900s.
Cannon’s Point Preserve
Visitors who love the outdoors can explore 600 acres of preserved land on the north end of St. Simons Island. The area, which contains part of the lower Altamaha River delta, is considered one of the most biologically diverse areas in the southeastern United States! You can also find 19th-century plantation ruins and other centuries-old artifacts scattered throughout the greenspace.
Fort Frederica National Monument
Georgia was once called “debatable land” to reflect the territorial struggle between the British in South Carolina and the Spanish in Florida. James Oglethorpe founded Fort Frederica in 1736 to enforce and protect the southern limit of his new Georgia colony. Today, visitors can tour the archaeological remains of the fort in a beautiful National Park.
And don’t forget to enjoy a historical walking tour or two during your visit! You’ll be able to catch all the most popular sights and learn about Georgia’s past before returning to relax at McIntosh Manor.