Historic Markers Across Georgia

Sapelo Island

Marker ID: GHS 95-4
Location: at the Sapelo Island Visitors Center off Ga. 99
County: McIntosh
Coordinates: N 31° 27.302    W 081° 21.907
  31.45504122    -81.3651187
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1PZC
Sapelo Island Marker
Photo by Mike Stroud


Situated five miles to the east, Sapelo was home to Native Americans four thousand years ago and was the site of a sixteenth-century Franciscan mission. Thomas Spalding was a leading planter of Sea Island cotton and sugar cane during his ownership of Sapelo from 1802 to 1851. Slave descendants still live on the island at Hog Hammock. Sapelo was owned from 1912 to 1934 by automotive pioneer Howard . Coffin, followed by tobacco heir Richard J. Reynolds from 1934 to 1964. The University of Georgia Marine institute opened on Sapelo is 1953. The State of Georgia bought the island in separate purchases in 1969 and 1976, almost 18,000 acres, from the Reynolds estate.

2003-2 Erected by The Georgia Historical Society, 95-4
the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve,
and the Lower Altamaha Historical Society

Sapelo Island
Photo by Mike Stroud