St. Marys in Camden County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Georgia’s Coastal Gem:
Cumberland Island National Seashore
— St. Marys History Walk —
Just seven miles by water from this spot, Cumberland Island National Seashore is home to a rich mosaic of historic sites and natural beauty.
Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene purchased land there in 1783. Following his death, his widow Catherine Greene built a four-story home she called Dungeness. Thomas and Lucie Carnegie began building another Dungeness on the original foundation in 1884. The Carnegies’ Dungeness burned in 1959 and is now known as the Dungeness Ruins.
Cumberland Island has several historic districts including the High Point-Half Moon Bluff District associated with the African American experience as slaves there rose to freedom, then later became property owners. The area was settled by former slaves from Cumberland Island plantations. The First African Baptist Church is located there on the northern end of the island.
Today the island is a wild place teeming with natural beauty and abundant wildlife. You can visit the Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center and the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum in downtown St. Marys.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 30° 43.29′ N, 81° 33.236′ W. Marker is in St. Marys, Georgia, in Camden County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bartlett Street and St Marys Street West, on the left when traveling north. Marker located within the St. Marys History Walk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Bartlett St, Saint Marys GA 31558, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Enduring Gullah (here, next to this marker); The Last Battles of The War of 1812 (a few steps from this marker); Weathering (a few steps from this marker); The Forgotten Battle’s (a few steps from this marker); The Forgotten Battle (a few steps from this marker); Industry finds St. Marys: (a few steps from this marker); Industry finds St. Marys (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Industry finds St. Marys: (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Marys.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 29, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.