Friday, September 28, 2012

St. Simons Island, Sun, Scenes & Surfboards!

 The largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island lies across the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by poet Sidney Lanier. Moss-draped oaks line the winding island streets, creating a picture-perfect image worthy of a Faulkner tale. (

 Joining in with Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday's S!

[Photograph of group at the beach, Saint Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia, ca. 1910 I Vanishing Georgia collection]

Some St. Simons Island facts from

Having laid out the town of Savannah in 1733, Oglethorpe realized the importance of protection from the Spanish to the south.  A bend in the Frederica River provided a perfect place to locate a fort and town.

The Anglican Wesley brothers, who accompanied Oglethorpe, first preached under the oaks at Frederica (current site of Christ Church, Frederica) in 1736.  After returning to England, the brothers established the Methodist Church.

The mast post of the U.S. Constitution was cut on St. Simons Island from John Couper’s yard. During the Cotton States and International Exposition in 1895, the stump was displayed in Atlanta.

Eugenia Price’s trilogy Lighthouse, New Moon Rising and Beloved Invader chronicle the history of St. Simons Island and Christ Church.

Fort Frederica, establish by General James Oglethorpe in 1736, was at that point the largest British military installation in North America.

Residents burned the St. Simons Lighthouse in 1861, so that it would not be used as a navigational aid for occupying Yankee forces.

Robert E. Lee ordered that residents to evacuate the Georgia coast in 1861 at the beginning of the War Between the States.

Anna Matilda Page King’s roses at Retreat Plantation were so fragrant the sailors claimed they could smell them while at sea.

The mill period on St. Simons Island brought prosperity to island families following the Civil War.

The Dodge-Meigs Lumber Company purchased Hamilton Plantation in 1876. Timbers were later sawn for the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

 Here are some photos of our Saturday spent on St. Simons Island...

(Although posing for photos taken by a stranger passing by, isn't my husband's idea of the most fun thing to do...he sweetly obliges, so that I am sure that we have photos of both of us :o)

Isn't that neat how the marks from where a branch used to be, looks just like the image of a koala bear's face peeking out and the bark surrounds it like a blanket? 


And here are some beach scene art:
From Leanne's email:
 "...I got your business card from my brother.  He is a helicopter pilot at Ft. Campbell, TN.  You had done a sketch for him of his helicopter and call sign.  I was wondering if you would be willing to do a sketch for me as a gift for my best friends wedding.  I have attached the picture.  Let me know if you have time to do this...Thank you!"

Leanne, Thank you for your order! I loved working from the great photo of the two of them with their surfboards.

From Lindsay's email:
 "....My husband and I received one of your sketches as a wedding present in November. We LOVE it! It was our favorite gift that we received! 
 "...So now we are in need of a unique gift for someone and would like to create one for them...."

Here is the one, they ordered...

Thank you Lindsay and Darin for ordering this one for Jimmy and Jane Buffett! (This is so cool to me! We love his music!)


Thank you to all, for your sweet visits and comments...I am still catching up (hm...this is a common thread throughout my posts this year!)

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ImagesByCW | OceanDreamIllustration said...

It seems to be a beautiful island judging by your photos. Your drawings are amazing!

Saying 'hello' via Alphabe- Thursday - mine for letter 'S' @ ImagesByCW is about Sandy Hook & Seaside Park

Judie said...

Maria, this is a wonderful post! We have been going to the Ga. coast for 60 years, and know the barrier islands sooooo well. We loved it so much, that we moved to Brunswick in August! Yes, we did! Now I love it even more!!

Lori said...

I love history, nice post! That old photo is priceless!

Splendid Little Stars said...

It was fun taking this tour of St. Simons through your eyes! What interesting facts, too!
love that old timey beach photo. I'm glad I don't have to wear such a "bathing costume" for swimming.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Looks like a charming place! I love your artwork!!

Self Sagacity said...

your blog is interesting, it must be nice to be able to sketch so well.

LV said...

I enjoyed taking the tour with you through this interesting place. You really shared a lot of good history. Your hubby need not worry, no one would recognize him in that shot. Take care.

Jenny said...

What a superb place to live or visit!

I really enjoyed the history.

And all of your special pictures and artwork!

Thanks for linking!


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