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St. Simons Island By: Autumn Burr

A Coastal Destination with Historical Charm “Welcome to St. Simons Island, Georgia,” the sign reads as you cross the threshold onto the largest of the state’s Golden Isles, leaving behind the busyness of life on the mainland. But the sign is almost unnecessary. The true welcome comes from the massive centuries-old Southern Live Oak trees, dripping with Spanish moss, that usher you in and make their presence all throughout the island. Coupled with the charming cottage-style architecture that is required by ordinance to remain beneath the tree line to preserve the unspoiled beauty of the island, the mesmerizing, lightdappled tree canopies give you an almost instant sense of peace. Moreover, they invite you to make your stay more than just another beach vacation but also a journey through history.

Photo Credit: Kristen Bland

Whether you’re a history buff or not, you’ll find it fascinating to step foot in places of significance from even before the United States became a nation. You can explore the archeological remnants of Fort Frederica, built in 1736 by James Oglethorpe, founder of the Georgia colony, and also see the battle site where he and his British troops crafted a surprise attack in 1742 to defeat the Spanish invaders from the then-called La Florida, forever ending Spanish attempts to conquer the colony.

Tr e a s u r e d L a n d m a r k s With many key historical events and landmarks, St. Simons and its people embrace their vivid past and offer a variety of ways to share it with you.

Photo Credit: Kristen Bland

During that same time period, John Wesley—who later founded Methodism—and his

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