Destination Historic St. Mary’s Georgia

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum


While a few hours on the river makes for an unforgettable time, Amelia River Cruises is ecstatic to be able to offer you and your family one of our customized Destination Tours. With one of our own Coast Guard captains at the helm, you and yours may enjoy the breathtaking sights of Cumberland Islands’ Greyfield Inn, take in the serenity of Cabin Bluff, or get your history fix while walking along the streets of Historic St. Mary’s. Today, let’s take a gander at a couple of the most frequented spots in this well-traveled slew of historically significant landmarks.

Oak Grove CemeteryArguably the most popular stroll in town, the Oak Grove Cemetery was first plotted out in the late 18th century. 1788, to be precise. Enthusiasts from all over the world come to take in a scene of pure tranquility. Every war fought by America’s heroines is represented throughout the cemetery, available to be respectfully visited by a grateful nation, from sunrise to sunset. Once separated by the hierarchy of pre-abolition society, plantation owners – along with their slaves in mortality – are now laid to rest side-by-side. Exiled from Nova Scotia, French Arcadians finally have somewhere to lay their head in peace. Victims of the horrible plague of yellow fever know pain and sickness no more. With trees covered in moss and Azaleas coloring the grounds, one would be hard-pressed to find any greater presence of serenity.

Cumberland Island is – without question – the most popular attraction seen from a tour aboard Amelia River Cruises’ Bald Eagle. With wild stallions galloping and grazing along the shoreline, spectators get chills thinking of the earlier, simpler times. One can’t help but cue the Rolling Stones in the back of their mind when the islands’ wild horses come into frame. Over time, amazing things have been recovered from the island by explorers. The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum is a stop the entire family will enjoy. Nestled beneath oaks laced with Spanish moss, the museum is home to countless artifacts retrieved from the Island. The lives of both Native and African Americans, along with prominent families once residing on the island, are all chronicled in the museum. Former owners of the Dungeness property, the Carnegie family replaced the house that used to sit on the property with a new 59-room mansion. Once her husband passed away, Lucy Carnegie continued to build on Cumberland. She was responsible for raising the Greyfield Inn and Stafford Plantation. In addition to “Forgotten Invasion,” an exhibit of the War of 1812, the history of the Carnegie family is a quite a spectacle!
These is only a small taste of the attractions that bring people from all over the world to St. Mary’s a small, Georgia town.

Have a look at our available destination tours. Then, contact our offices to begin crafting a personal tour you will not forget! One of our team members will be very pleased to discuss and design the details of your excursion! (learn more…)



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