Friday, 12 October 2012

Cumberland Island Georgia

We travelled down to St Mary's, Georgia near the  Florida border to spend a day on Cumberland Island. Cumberland Island is Georgia's largest barrier island with spectacular views, wild horses, abandoned ruins of grand homes and incredible beaches. It was at one time the winter residence of Thomas and Lucy Carnegie - of the famous Carnegie family.  The island has a long and interesting history.

A Carnegie descendent still owns a huge home and B&B on the island and for a mere $400/night you can stay there. We didn't. :)

We did take the ferry over for the day and dear Sherpa dragged my camera case around for me.
Love him!

 Coleman Road - named after Lucy Carnegie whose maiden name was Coleman - think Coleman stove etc
 The Carnegie's home built mid 1880's  - Their summer home that is. They also built four other mansions on the island - one still standing. 

 Story has it the home was burned down in 1959 by poachers
There are almost 300 wild horses on the island. 

The interior of the island is filled with sprawling live oak branches draped in spanish moss 

 Incredibly beautiful dunes taking you to the ocean. 
 I wish you could feel and smell that sea air - wonderful!
 Ghost Crab - love the eyes. 
 wild horses roaming the beach

 We took the ferry back to the hotel and headed out for supper. 
 Started with a round of oysters!
 Then deep fried yams, deep fries green tomatoes, deep fried okra and deep fried mushrooms, broiled shrimp and scallops, deep fried clam strips..... and in the background there are some hush puppies - deep fried corn dough with cinnamon butter. 

This food can kill ya! 
But dang! It was good!

The southern hospitality was outstanding!

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