Historic St. Mary's Georgia

April 17, 2014

Church in Historic St. Mary's GeorgiaChurch in Historic St. Mary's Georgia

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The St. Marys Historic District is roughly bounded by Waterfront Rd., Norris Alexander, and Oak Grove Cemetery, c. 1787. Contains portions of the original 18th-century town containing residential, commercial, and religious buildings dating from the late 18th-early 20th century. Notable features include the waterfront area, early cemetery, bell cast by Paul and Joseph Warren Revere, and a memorial oak planted the day of George Washington's burial.

It was an important early port city, first settled in the mid-16th century by the Spanish and a haven for expelled French Huguenots in the 18th century. Established by an act of the state legislature on December 5, 1792 and was incorporated in November 1802. It served as Camden County Georgia's seat of government from 1869 until 1923.

Also note St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here.  Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness.

"When you mentioned St. Mary's, you must mention The Riverview Hotel, Seagle's Cafe & Saloon where Jerry and Gaila Brandon, Innkeepers & owners are top drawer. I am friends with both and over the years and have become to know their service is Excellent, their restaurant has excellent cuisine. They also have a lounge which is has entertainment galore; If you ever go there be sure to tell them that Ray Paul sent you!"

 

 

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