One place you should be sure to visit if you should visit Saint Simons Island is Christ Church, described here:
Christ Church, Frederica is located in a serene setting formed by native live oaks, holly and cedar trees. On the site of Christ Church, nestled among huge oak trees on the scenic north end of St. Simons Island, John and Charles Wesley preached before returning to England to help found the Methodist Church. In addition to being credited with founding the Methodist Church in England, the Wesley brothers also played a major role in the development of the Episcopal Church.
The first church structure was built in 1820 but was partially destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War. In 1884, the Reverend Anson Phelps Dodge, Jr., built the present structure in memory of his wife, Ellen. Christ Church is constructed of wood in the cruciform design with a trussed Gothic roof and steeple. The grounds contain a cemetery with graves of early settlers and many famous Georgians. One famous Georgia author, Eugenia Price, who wrote many novels including a series on St. Simons is buried here along with Lucien Knight, the first state historian of Georgia. Still another famous Georgian, a plantation owner who owned the point on St. Simons where the lighthouse was built, is buried at Christ Church cemetery. A little known fact is that the cemetery’s oldest tombstone is from 1803.
Today, the beautiful church and its magnificent stained glass windows are home to an active Episcopal congregation on St. Simons. Christ Church is one of St. Simons Island’s most treasured landmarks. Don’t forget to bring your camera, Christ Church, Frederica is one of the most photographed locations on St. Simons Island and some say, in America (http://www.goldenisles.com/listing/christ-church-frederica).
I am not super pleased with my photos of Christ Church from this trip and I was not able to visit it in May when I was on the Island, but I wanted to share a taste of what you might see there anyway. It is situated on absolutely gorgeous grounds.
Somewhere I have a beautiful photo of a little two and a half year old, red-headed Judy standing by this fence. I wish I knew where it was so I could share it with you.
I couldn't decide if I liked the black and white or the color version of this last photo. I think there are reasons to like both.
"Bloody" in this case is not an invective, but indeed the name of this marsh, so called because of the battle fought there on "July 7th, 1742, when Spanish troops landed on the south end of St. Simons Island. [The Battle of Bloody Marsh] proved to be the turning point in the Spanish conquest of Georgia. The marsh ran red with Spanish blood and the battle was a decisive British victory which ended forever the threat of Spanish invasion into this colony" (taken from http://www.explorestsimonsisland.com).
One afternoon, while the Aged Ps were having lunch with friends, I took these photos of the marsh, which was located right at the end of our block.
My sister, Laurel Daniel, has spent many hours painting some of these same marshes.
You can find out more about her work here and here and here.