Tim and I had planned to leave Jekyll Island today, but the campground where we thought we might go was full, so we decided to just stay put. Jekyll Island Campground is a very pretty park with enormous live oak trees, but the park is almost full and therefore a bit crowded for us. On the other hand, our neighbors are nice and Kitty likes it here, so why not stay?
We did leave the island today, and after tending to a few errands we made our way to St. Simons Island, another barrier island just north of Jekyll. St. Simons is a beautiful resort destination and is known for its beaches and golf courses. We drove around the island a bit and then visited Fort Frederica National Monument. I was completely unfamiliar with Fort Frederica before this trip, but it is a very cool place to visit.
All that is left of Frederica today is a few ruins, but Frederica was a thriving military town in the mid-eighteenth century. Frederica was a planned town, like Savannah, and both were founded by James Edward Oglethorpe. The fort that was established here was the hub of British military operations on Georgia’s frontier. In 1742, troops from Fort Frederica defeated Spanish forces on St. Simons Island, thereby ensuring that Georgia would remain in British hands.
|Broad Street at Fort Frederica|
|The King's Magazine and South Storehouse Foundations|
|The King's Magazine|
|Tabby Walls Are Made from Oyster Shells|
|Foundations of the Hawkins-Davison Houses|
|Many of the Houses Have Been Excavated|
|The Barracks Housed Most of the Soldiers|
|Clould Gather Above the Marsh on the Frederica River|
|Crossing the Sidney Lanier Bridge Over the Brunswick River|
|The Marsh Near Jekyll Island|
|Crossing the Bridge Back to Jekyll Island|