Historical Sites and Tours

Georgia's Golden Isles are steeped in hundreds of years of history. St. Simons Island's rich and extensive past draws visitors year after year to explore its unique charm. With area folk lore, stately plantations, monumental battle sites, and historic churches, culture and history abounds on St. Simons Island.

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Fort Frederica

Fort Frederica

Fort Frederica – Frederica is a story of dreams, struggle, victory, and defeat. Established in 1736, the fort guarded Georgia’s southern frontier. More than a fort, the town of Frederica was home to colonists seeking to start a new life. Park Ranger-led tours and soldier/colonial life programs throughout the year recall life in Georgia's second town. The park visitor center features exhibits and an orientation film, which is shown every 30 minutes. Admission fee. Visitor Center open daily (except Christmas Day) 9 am to 5 pm.

Christ Church

Christ Church

Christ Church – This lovely, historic church was built in 1883 by Anson Phelps dodge Jr. as a memorial to his first wife. In 1736 John and Charles Wesley, acknowledged as the fathers of the Methodist church, began holding services under the live oak trees near the location of Christ Church. Open daily (except Christmas Day) 2 pm to 5 pm. Click to view the YouTube video here.

Lighthouse Museum

St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum & A.W. Jones Heritage Center

St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum & A.W. Jones Heritage Center – Whether you climb the 129 circular steps to the top of the lighthouse, or explore the original keeper’s dwelling (now the Lighthouse Museum of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society) at its base, you’ll discover new and absorbing perspectives on St. Simons Island and its rich history. Visitors enter the museum through the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, featuring "The Sea Island Summit: Coastal Georgia welcomes the World". This exhibit tells the story of the 2004 Group of Eight Sea Island Summit. The center also features a state-of-the-art research library and a rather popular store that carries a variety of books, gifts, and other items related to the lighthouse and St. Simons Island heritage. Admission fee for Lighthouse Museum; free admission for the Jones Heritage Center. Open Monday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Summer hours (Easter to mid-August): Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat. 10 am to 5 pm; Tues. and Thurs. 10 am to 9 pm; Sun. 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Click to view the YouTube video here.

The Coastal Maritime Center

The Coastal Maritime Center

The Coastal Maritime Center – Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Roosevelt-era Coast Guard Station now offers a very personal encounter with the coast’s nature and its fascinating history. Seven galleries feature a variety of hands-on exhibits and activities. May - August, the outdoor nature center offers hands-on nature tours, workshops, and programs for visitors of all ages. Admission fee. Open Monday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday. Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): Monday - Saturday 3 pm to 9 pm; closed Sunday. Click to view the YouTube video here.

Lighthouse Trolley

Tour St. Simons or Jekyll

Lighthouse Trolleys provides trolley tours on St. Simons & Jekyll Island. The tours are delightfully entertaining and historical. The tours are the only complete tours of either island touching all points of historic interest. The tours have several on & off stops including refreshment and bathroom stops. Operates year round. Schedules and information can be found at http://lighthousetrolleys.com/home.html.

 

Saint Simons Colonial Island Trolley Tours

St. Simons Colonial Island Tours offers you the complete island experience in 75 minutes. Ride in comfort and style aboard William of Orange, visiting historic locations and learning of the island's history, culture and geology. Boarding times are 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm daily. $20 per person ($10 DVD video available). Call 912-230-9103 for more information. 

 

Historic Trolley Tours

Historic Trolley Tours

Historic Trolley Tours– You will truly enjoy the entertaining and informative narrative of 400 years of island history and folklore as you ride along in the Original Vintage Green Trolley. The drive-by tour includes the Lighthouse, Battle of the Bloody Marsh site, Fort Frederica, and a walking tour of Christ Church. We also point out the best places to eat, shop, and play. Public tour leaves daily at 11:00am from The Pier at 117 Mallery Street. Tour length is 90 minutes. Adults $22.00; children (4 - 12) $10.00; Under 4 free. Reservations are not required, but please arrive early. Trolley also available for weddings, parties and private tours. Click to view the YouTube video here

Ghost Walk

St. Simons Island Ghost Walk

Saint Simons Island Ghost Walk – Join the Ghost Walk of Saint Simons for a fun-filled and informative glimpse into old Saint Simons Island. Listen to strange tales of legends, lovers, and the lost... as well as quite a few who won’t stay lost. Let yourself be guided by lamplight through the moonlit streets and moss-draped passageways of the Village, Neptune and St. Simons parks.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation – This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast in the early 1900’s. The museum features silver from the family collection and a model of the Hofwyl-Broadfield during its heyday.

Three Oaks Carriage Service

Three Oaks Carriage Service offers a unique and novel experience to our guests as a full-service carriage company. They offer Village Area Tours, Dinner Outings, Christmas Caroling, Weddings, Sunday Church Transport, Princess Birthday Parties, Special Events, and their famous Winter Sleigh Rides. Call 912-506-8321 or 912-269-0623 for information on summer weekend rides from the Resort to the Village. For all other inquiries, call 912-635-9500.