Project Description

Sapelo Island

Sapelo Island

$114per person

Depart Garden City for Meridian, GA, the gateway to Sapelo Island. This small barrier island is a unique destination along Georgia’s famed Colonial Coast. We begin our day at the mainland visitor center where we board the ferry for a 30-minute ride to this 11-mile-long island. Upon arrival, we meet our guide from the Department of Natural Resources and board the mini-bus for an on-island tour. The tour will highlight the African-American community of Hog Hammock, the Reynolds Mansion, Nanny Goat Beach, the University of Georgia Marine Institute, and a restored 1820 lighthouse. Georgia’s fourth largest barrier island, tobacco heir Richard Reynolds purchased the property in 1934 and allowed the University of GA to use the facilities for marine research. Following Reynolds’ death in 1964, the mansion and most of the island was obtained by the GA Department of Natural Resources. Our lunch today will be prepared by a family member of a direct descendant of slaves brought to Sapelo in the early 1800s to work the plantations. This afternoon we board the ferry for our return trip back to the Mainland. You will have some free time to visit the Sapelo Island Gift Shop before we board our motorcoach and depart for home.

PRICE $114 Per Person

TRIP# 13045

INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip Transportation

  • Ferry ride to Sapelo Island

  • On-island tour

  • Lunch included

Depart Garden City for Meridian, GA, the gateway to Sapelo Island. This small barrier island is a unique destination along Georgia’s famed Colonial Coast. We begin our day at the mainland visitor center where we board the ferry for a 30-minute ride to this 11-mile-long island. Upon arrival, we meet our guide from the Department of Natural Resources and board the mini-bus for an on-island tour. The tour will highlight the African-American community of Hog Hammock, the Reynolds Mansion, Nanny Goat Beach, the University of Georgia Marine Institute, and a restored 1820 lighthouse. Georgia’s fourth largest barrier island, tobacco heir Richard Reynolds purchased the property in 1934 and allowed the University of GA to use the facilities for marine research. Following Reynolds’ death in 1964, the mansion and most of the island was obtained by the GA Department of Natural Resources. Our lunch today will be prepared by a family member of a direct descendant of slaves brought to Sapelo in the early 1800s to work the plantations. This afternoon we board the ferry for our return trip back to the Mainland. You will have some free time to visit the Sapelo Island Gift Shop before we board our motorcoach and depart for home.