Historic Markers Across Georgia

Frederica - Huts and Houses

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: at Fort Frederica National Monument on Mimosa Dr., Saint Simons Island, GA
County: Glynn
Coordinates: N 31° 13.406    W 081° 23.441
  31.22343333    -81.39068333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


"Some houses are built entirely of brick, some of brick and wood, some few of tappy-work; but most of the meaner sort of wood only." London Magazine 1745

When Frederica was established in 1736, each freeholder was given a lot 60 foot wide by 90 feet deep. For temporary shelter, settlers built huts covered with palmetto leaves, giving the place the look of a camp.

John Humble, a laborer and boat pilot, was the original owner of this lot. His wife died in 1736, shortly after he arrived, but he remarried the same year. Humble died in 1740, having built nothing more than a hut here.

Dr. Frederick Holzendorf, a surgeon to the regiment, purchased this lot in 1743. The foundation may be the remains of a two- story tabby house built by Dr. Holzendorf sometime after 1743, and later rebuilt.

Erected by National Park Service.


More information:
NPS - Fort Frederica National Monument
NPS - Fort Frederica National Monument
Wikipedia - Fort Frederica National Monument
Explore Georgia - Fort Frederica National Monument - Saint Simons Island, GA