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History and Lore

Historical articles, photos, maps, biographies, and more.

    A selection of historical biographies.

    The Church of England divided the colony into parishes and St. Simons Island became the St. James Parish. In 1808 a state charter created Christ Church at Frederica.

    Ebo Landing is a small moment in the historical southem past. The legend that remains is a reminder of a life and the tradgedy of slavery. Women and men from the Ebo tribe were brought from Nigeria, the southern part of Africa, to Savannah to be auctioned off as slaves. Two families from St. Simons Island purchased these slaves and had them shipped to the Island on a ship named Morovia.

    Just to the north of Glynn County, Darien is home to a historical attraction that makes an interesting daytrip to McIntosh County.

    The culture of a forgotten empire comes alive at this historic rice plantation along the Altamaha River.

    During the Second World War, The J.A. Jones Construction Company assembled Liberty Ships at the southern tip of the Brunswick peninsula. These Liberty Ships transported supplies to soldiers in the European and Pacific theatres.

    Historical map of Brunswick, Georgia.

    This series of twenty-two postcards gives us a glimpse into Glynn County's past. Please enjoy this nostalgic look at the way things were.

    The Ritz Theatre, located within the "Old Town Brunswick" National Register Historic District, was built in 1898 to house the Grand Opera House, retail establishments, and the general offices of the Brunswick and Birmingham Railroad. Originally, the Grand Opera House, a three-story Victorian building featuring ornate brick and stone work, was built for the legitimate stage. Later, it served as a theatre for vaudeville.

    Bending your beauty aside, with a step I stand, On the firm-packed sand. Free! By a world of marsh that borders a world of sea.

    One of only five surviving light towers in Georgia, the rehabilitated lighthouse on St. Simons Island, with its original 3rd order Fresnel lens shining 18 miles out to sea, remains a navigational aid for traffic entering the St. Simons Sound.

    The book by R. Edwin and Mary A. Green. Now out of print, Pastor Green has graciously provided its contents to the world via GlynnCounty.com.

    How did the streets and squares of Old Town Brunswick, Georgia develop? Find out in this interesting document.

    Oh, I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray, hooray, In Dixieland I'll take my stand, To live and die in Dixie, Away, away, away down south, in Dixie.

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      Eight Original Parishes

      First Mail Service South of Savannah

      First Transcontinental Telephone Call

      First Transcontinental Telephone Call Display

      Fort Tonyn

      G-8 Summit

      Georgia Historic Markers

      Gullah-Geechee Culture

      Hermit of the Essex Coast

      Historic Stained Glass

      History Of Selden Normal And Industrial Institute, The

      J.A. Jones Construction Company

      King's High Road

      Legend of Spanish Moss, The

      List of St. Simons Lighthouse Keepers

      Mallery or Mallory?

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      Pronouncing Demere

      Revolution, The

      Sea Palms Clubhouse Razed by Fire

      Ships for Victory

      St. James Parish

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      Tree Spirits, or Wood Spirits

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        Jekyll Island History

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