Friday, November 19, 2010
We arrived at the Naval Sub Base just north of St Marys, GA yesterday, after an uneventful journey. We were pleasantly surprised by the campground. It is well laid out and spacious. In fact it is one of the nicest campgrounds we have stayed at in quite awhile. Halley is enjoying the trails along the lake and the apparent abundance of smells to enjoy.
Today we headed to the second oldest continuously inhabited city in North America after St. Augustine. FL- St Marys, GA. It is also the Gate Way to the Cumberland Island national seashore. The village has a similar look to several other coastal towns we have visited in North and South Carolina. It’s history is apparent in the buildings lining the main street. These included the house that Aaron Burr fled to after his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Later the same house was used to entertain General Winfield Scott returning from the Indian campaign in FL.
Today it remains a pleasant community that enjoys a good tourist trade and seems to treasure its history.
We also made a visit to the Cumberland Island National Seashore museum located across from city hall. Like many of the barrier islands along this coast, its first use by Europeans was for exploiting the natural resources and was quickly followed by the rich and famous for use as private retreats. In this case, the Carnegies and Rockefellers established a large presence on the island. The remains of many of the structures they built can still be seen on the island.
If you have any interest in coastal towns, this is a must visit.