“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Retreat Plantation

Retreat Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 27, 2008
1. Retreat Plantation Marker
Inscription. In 1804 William Page purchased land on St. Simons Sound and named it Retreat. With later purchases, Retreat became one of the preeminent plantations on St. Simons Island for the production of long-staple cotton. In 1827 the Pages' only child, Anna Matilda, who had married Thomas Butler King of Massachusetts, inherited Retreat. She was active in the management of the plantation and its slave population. Mr. King became a Georgia state senator and U. S. Congressman, where he led efforts to strengthen the U.S. Navy. Retreat land stretched from the Frederica River to the Lighthouse. Part of Retreat, including the Avenue of Oaks, is now home to Sea Island Golf Club, and other portions are residential and commercial areas and public parks.
Erected 2007 by Georgia Historical Society, Coastal Georgia Historical Society, Friends of Coastal Georgia History, and Sea Island Company. (Marker Number 063-7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 8.913′ N, 81° 24.092′ W. Marker is in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Kings Way 0.2 miles north of Frederica Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map
Retreat Plantation Marker on Kings Way (in background) image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 27, 2008
2. Retreat Plantation Marker on Kings Way (in background)
. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Simons Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); North Atlantic Right Whale (approx. 1.1 miles away); Historic St. Simons Lighthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort St. Simons (approx. 1.1 miles away); Early History of St. Simons Island (approx. 1.1 miles away); The First Light House ~ 1810 (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Historic St. Simons Light Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); Couper's Point (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Simons Island.
Also see . . .  The St. Simons Island Experience. "Lying adjacent to Hamilton Plantation on the southern tip of the island was a tract originally settled by James Spalding. In 1804, Major William Page, a South Carolinian who had managed the Hampton estate for Pierce Butler until a permanent overseer could be engaged, was impressed with its potential. Page bought the old Spalding property, named it Retreat, and moved his family into the small cottage that overlooked St. Simons Sound and Jekyll Island." (Submitted on October 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
Categories. AgricultureAntebellum South, USSettlements & Settlers
The Avenue of Oaks image. Click for full size.
By Patrick Saylor, February 4, 2008
3. The Avenue of Oaks
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 4,471 times since then and 203 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   3. submitted on April 6, 2010, by Patrick Saylor of Saint Simons Island, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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