Sea Island, GA
Barbara Marie Kraus
Photograph - Digital Image
The historic Avenue of Oaks of St. Simons Island, Georgia.
From 1760 until the outbreak of the War Between the States, cotton and rice plantations flourished in this area. The Sea Island cotton grown here became famous the world over for its outstanding quality. Retreat Plantation was one of the most prosperous plantations and was located on the southern tip of St. Simons Island.
Anna Page King, who inherited the land in 1826, planted the famous Avenue of the Oaks. It is said that Anna grew such an abundance of flowers at Retreat Plantation that sailors nearing St. Simon's Island could smell the flowers' fragrance before they saw the Island shores. Once the entrance to Retreat Plantation, the Avenue of the Oaks is now the grand entrance to the Sea Island Golf Club. Follow the drive around the magnificent double row of 160 year old live oak trees which create the Avenue of the Oaks.
Today the plantation is gone but a new hotel has taken its place. Reminiscent of an 'English manor' at the end of the Saint Simons Island's historic Avenue of Oaks, The Lodge at Sea Island benefits from its proximity to the impeccably manicured fairways of The Sea Island Golf Club and its beautiful views across the Saint Simons Sound. Elegantly appointed with antiques, oriental rugs and overstuffed chairs, amenities that include deep-soaking tubs and butler service, The Lodge offers an intimate and understated elegance. Nestled in Georgia's Golden Isles, The Lodge at Sea Island is located on Saint Simons Island, 60 miles north of Jacksonville, FL and 65 miles south of Savannah, GA.
January 31st, 2013
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