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Meridian in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sapelo Island

 
 
Sapelo Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2008
1. Sapelo Island Marker
Inscription. Situated five miles to the east, Sapelo was home to Native Americans four thousand years ago and was the site of a sixteenth-century Franciscan mission. Thomas Spalding was a leading planter of Sea Island cotton and sugar cane during his ownership of Sapelo from 1802 to 1851. Slave descendants still live on the island at Hog Hammock. Sapelo was owned from 1912 to 1934 by automotive pioneer Howard E. Coffin, followed by tobacco heir Richard J. Reynolds from 1934 to 1964. The University of Georgia Marine institute opened on Sapelo is 1953. The State of Georgia bought the island in separate purchases in 1969 and 1976, almost 18,000 acres, from the Reynolds estate.
 
Erected 2003 by The Georgia Historical Society, the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Lower Altamaha Historical Society. (Marker Number 95-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 27.299′ N, 81° 21.91′ W. Marker is in Meridian, Georgia, in McIntosh County. Marker is on Landing Road/Sapelo Dock Road, on the right. Touch for map. At the Sapelo Island Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Crescent GA 31304, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Sapelo Island Marker along Landing Road/Sapelo Dock Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 6, 2008
2. Sapelo Island Marker along Landing Road/Sapelo Dock Road
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “The Thicket” (approx. 2.4 miles away); Baisden's Bluff Academy (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ardoch (approx. 4.4 miles away); Old Meeting House (approx. 5 miles away); Capture of 23 Old Men in 1864 (was approx. 5.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Old Belleville or Troup Cemetery (approx. 5.5 miles away); Ashantilly (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Andrew's Cemetery (approx. 6.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  New Georgia Encyclopedia. Sapelo Island, situated about sixty miles south of Savannah, lies in the center of coastal Georgia's well-defined chain of barrier islands. (Submitted on September 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Sapelo Island Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Sapelo Island Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 777 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on February 27, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on September 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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