Golden Isles 2017 Visitor Guide Page 32 Heritage & Culture

32 2017 Official Visitor Guide HERITAGE & CULTURE (800) 933-2627 The Avenue of the Oaks These magnificent oaks were planted in 1826 to provide an entrance to what was then a prosperous cotton plantation, known as Retreat Plantation. Visitors are welcome to drive around the magnificent double row of 190-year-old live oaks. Entrance to the Sea Island Golf Club Access beyond the gate is for guests of Sea Island only. Bloody Marsh Battle Site At the Bloody Marsh Battle Site on July 7, 1742, an outnumbered force of British troops ambushed and defeated Spanish troops, halting a planned attack on Fort Frederica. Markers and information panels at this outdoor observation site explain the battle, which once and for all ended Spain's claim to the Georgia territory. Old Demere Road St. Simons Island Lighthouse Located near the village and pier, this is one of only five surviving light towers in Georgia. Experience St. Simons Island's most iconic landmark as you climb the 129 steps to be rewarded by breathtaking views of the Golden Isles. 610 Beachview Drive 912-638-4666 Christ Church, Frederica Built in 1884, Christ Church is nestled among huge oak trees on St. Simons' north end. Located in a serene setting of native live oaks, holly and cedar trees, this landmark is open to the public for tours Tuesday through Sunday from 2:00- 5:00pm. Closed Easter and Christmas. 6329 Frederica Road 912-638-8683 Fort Frederica Fort Frederica was built by General James Oglethorpe to help protect his new colony of Georgia from the Spanish in Florida. Now a National Monument, visitors are welcome year round. The park visitor center features exhibits and a short film. 6515 Frederica Road 912-638-3639 Lovely Lane Chapel The oldest standing church building on St. Simons Island, Georgia is Lovely Lane Chapel. Formerly named St. James Union Chapel, it was built by Norman W. Dodge in 1880 to serve the workers at the lumber mills at Gascoigne Bluff. 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive 912-638-8688 ATTRACTIONS AND HISTORIC SITES:

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