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Camden County, Georgia
"The Gateway To Cumberland Island National Seashore"
Just a few of the many historical sites you will see in Historic St. Marys include: Orange Hall Welcome Center and House Museum. With its Doric columns on the front veranda and the wide steps leading from the ground up to the second floor main entrance, it is a wonderful example of Greek revival architecture. In 1973, Orange Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was refurbished to its original grandeur by caring citizens of St. Marys. It is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1pm till 5pm.
First Presbyterian Church was built in 1808 and is the second oldest church in Georgia. Other
19th century churches in historic St. Marys include Our Lady Star of the Sea Chapel
(1847), Christ Episcopal (1880), and St. Marys Methodist Chapel (1858). Oak Grove Cemetery, here you will find much of the history of Camden County recorded under the huge oak trees sheltering this historic cemetery. The earliest marked grave is from 1801. Graves of veterans representing every war, except the Persian Gulf, are found in Oak Grove Cemetery.
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Nine miles east of I-95, on the southeast corner of Georgia, you will venture past fast food establishments and neon lights and discover a quaint, serene, and friendly town - St. Marys, Georgia, the Gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Experience the beauty of the
waterfront and a historic village blending charm with southern hospitality. St. Marys goes back to the mid-1500s and was established as a town by the English in 1787.
Park your car and stroll along Osborne Street, shaded by giant oak and palm trees. White picket fences surround many of the historic landmarks. Flowered walkways invite you to come rock "for a spell" on one of the many sea-breezed verandas. Gift and antique shops housed in turn-of-the-century buildings offer hours of browsing. Enjoy delicious fresh seafood and other excellent cuisine found in the eateries of St. Marys. Stay for a while in a historic hotel, or one of the bed and breakfasts, or locally owned family hotels. From most of the accommodations, you can walk to the pedestrian ferry for a 45-minute boat ride to Cumberland Island National Seashore, where wild horses, white sandy beaches, and unspoiled and natural habitat will greet you.
Coming to St Mary's? You can:
Visit the Submarine Museum
"Dance With The One-Eyed Lady"
Surfacing in a converted historic movie theatre on the St. Marys waterfront, the St. Marys Submarine Museum is one attraction not to be missed! Get ready to see firsthand a working periscope, models of torpedoes, and many displays made from actual submarines. See a deep-sea diving suit and submarine uniforms, command plaques, photographs and models of submarines, an area for watching movies on submarines, working sonar panels, a history of submarines, a reading area, a reference area, gift shop and a display dedicated to the eight submariners who received the Medals of Honor. Walls and walls of memorabilia track the history of the submarine.
For more information call (912) 882-ASUB
$ 3.00 for adults and $ 1.00 for children.
Tuesday - Saturday: 1000 til 1600
Sundays: 1300 til 1700
Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum
Opening in late 2000 in Historic St. Marys. This museum will be home to many cultural artifacts. The museum will feature rotating exhibits and will provide a glimpse of life on Cumberland Island.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
"Land of the Trembling Earth"
The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is 45 minutes from Historic St. Marys. It is a rare experience for every member of the family. Extravagantly beautiful, the swamp (nearly a half-million acres), carries you back into the world's pre-history.
Interpretative exhibits, lectures, wildlife shows, boat tours on original Indian Waterways, wilderness walkways, Pioneer Island, native animals in their own habitat, all combine to weave a spell of pioneer American life. You will witness where primitive man ruled the wilds, where Indians hunted and fishes, and where early settlers sought peace and communed with nature. You can see how nature still controls the environment and how nature's balance assures the perpetuation of the flora and fauna, and the swamp itself.
East Entrance call (912) 496-7156
North Entrance (912) 283-0583.
Laurel Island Links Golf Course
Laurel Island Links is located just minutes from St. Marys. The Love Enterprises & Associates team, including Davis Love, III, PGA Tour champion, has designed a traditional style golf course. Golf open to the public. Call (912) 729-6549.
Osprey Cove Golf Course
Osprey Cove is located 2 miles East of Interstate 95, on Exit 1. Amid the undisturbed natural beauty of St. Marys River Basin, the Osprey Cove Golf Course was designed and constructed by PGA Tour Champion, Mark McCumber. The rolling greens and sculptured fairways overlook the natural salt marshes, mature woodlands, crystal blue lakes, and lush greenery that make this area a natural habitat for man and animal alike. Osprey Cove Golf Course was awarded the 4 star rating in Golf Digest Places to play. Where To Retire Magazine, Summer 1999, selected Osprey Golf and Residential Community as one of the 100 best places to retire in the USA. Osprey Cove offers fine dining at the Panorama Restaurant, and casual dining at the grill.
Call (912) 882-5575.
Lang's Marina East & West
A concrete floating dock situated on Historic St. Marys waterfront.
They can accommodate a luxury cruise liner to a small fishing boat. The marinas have running water, electricity, shower facilities, fuel and provisions. The Dock Mean Low Water is 12 feet.
For more information, call (912) 882-4452.
Kings Bay Submarine Base
In 1980, it was named the Navy's East Coast Trident base.
Questions concerning the base call: The Public Affairs Office, (912) 673-4714.
Explore our waterways
River tours and river taxi service aboard the " Roxy" with Captain John
About Town Travels
(912) 882-7537 or (877) 605-5150
Kayak Instructions & Tours:
Up The Creek: (912) 882-0911
Deep Sea Fishing :
Capt. Dennis: (912) 882-8107
Capt. Jim: (912) 673-1066
Capt. Tom: (912) 882-9574
Capt. Warren: (912) 729-5214
Crooked River State Park
Located four miles from Historic St. Marys on the south bank of the Crooked River, this park offers fine facilities in a beautiful coastal setting. Full RV hook-ups and tent camping. There is saltwater fishing and boating, two comfort stations and pioneer camping site, and a 1.5-mile nature trail for hiking. You will want to venture to the nearby ruins of the famous tabby "McIntosh Sugar Works" mill built around 1825. The mill was later used as a starch factory during the Civil War.
Call (912) 882-5256