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brother Charles, came to spread the gospel to the natives, preaching under an oak tree on the plot of land where later Christ Church, which has its own storied past, was founded in 1806. You can visit this stunning and revered landmark, enjoying the tranquility of its grounds, entering and learning about the historic church building, and exploring the cemetery where you’ll find the graves of many of the island’s early settlers. Nearby is the beautiful First African Baptist Church, built in 1859, where slaves from plantations throughout the island would congregate to worship. Another treasured landmark is the St. Simons lighthouse.. Constructed in 1872, after the original one from 1810 was destroyed during the Civil War, it is one of the oldest continuously active lighthouses in the US, although unmanned since the 1950s. The keeper’s dwelling was converted into a museum where you can explore some interesting artifacts and period rooms before climbing the steps to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular views of the ocean and nearby Jekyll Island. It is the perfect vantage point to see the island’s famous pier and seaside village below, full of fun shops and delightful restaurants. You also get a clear view of Neptune Park (named after a heroic, loyal slave), which is a family attraction with a playground, water activities, mini-golf, and more.

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What more fitting and convenient way to visit and hear captivating stories about these and other historic places than by taking a tour on a vintage-style trolley?? You can choose from several highly-rated companies that conduct these tours, one of which is operated by Cap Fendig,, whose family lineage on the island can be traced back nearly two centuries. Or if you’d prefer to explore on your own, you could rent a bicycle and meander along the many bike paths throughout the island.

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A Historic Retreat Of course, you can’t get a thorough taste of St. Simons’ history without spending some time at the legendary King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. Built in 1935 as a private club, the prestigious Mediterranean-style retreat with amazing oceanfront views opened to the public in 1941. The next year, it was commandeered by the US Navy as a radar station and home for naval personnel during World War II after German U-boats were sighted off the Georgia coast. Since reopening as a resort in 1947, it has continued to expand and renovate to maintain its tradition of grandeur, adding a variety of gracious accommodations over the years. It offers a selection ranging from standard rooms to separate rental houses with up to five bedrooms, even some dog-friendly options, to accommodate couples, families, and groups with varying needs and budgets. As a guest, you’ll relish its serene seaside pools and stunning sunrise views. 32

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