know your history like a local
The St. Simons Island Lighthouse
One of only five surviving light towers in Georgia,
it remains a navigational aid for traffic entering St.
Simons Sound. Visitors are welcome to climb the
129 steps leading to the top of the tower. The
lighthouse you see today was constructed in
1872. This historic site consists of four structures:
the lighthouse itself, the keeper’s dwelling, an
1890 oil house and a Victorian gazebo. 610
Beachview Drive, on the Atlantic near the Pier
Museum open Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1:30-5.
A. W. Jones Heritage Center
Located beside the St. Simons Island Lighthouse,
this multi-function center houses the museum
gift shop and historical research library. It is also
one of the Island’s most popular venues for
weddings, special events and group meetings.
912-638-4666 • 610 Beachview Drive
Open Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1:30-5.
Christ Church, Frederica
Originally built in 1820 and destroyed in the Civil
War, the church was rebuilt in 1886 by Anson
Phelps Dodge. It is the second oldest Episcopal
Church in Georgia an the third oldest in the
country. The cemetery is resting place for our
earliest and most notable residents.
6329 Frederica Road • 912-638-8683
Open to the public, except Tuesdays
General James Oglethorpe established a town
here in 1736 to help protect the new colony of
Georgia from the Spanish in Florida. Today the
monument is an archaeological site maintained
by the National Park Service. Tour the ruins, see
exhibits and view a short film in visitor center.
Open daily 9a.m.-5 p.m. Extended summer hours.
6515 Frederica Road. 912-638-3639