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Sapelo Island: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

1. Sapelo Island: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Discover Sapelo Island on a tour packed with sobering history juxtaposed with the natural beauty of the island's landscapes and wildlife. Learn about the history of slavery on the island, and witness how times have changed as you visit with current-day residents. Begin your tour bright and early with a ferry ride to the island (not included). See dolphins, seagulls, pelicans, and even bald eagles playing in the wake of the Sapelo Ferry. Start at the Sapelo Island Visitor's Center, and then visit the University of Georgia's Marine Institute's turkey fountain. Learn about businessman and enslaver R. J. Reynolds, his 4 wives, and 4 divorces. See his 200-year-old restored mansion, and hear stories of his luxurious lifestyle, made possible only because of his status as a white man with access to free labor by enslaved people. Visit the scenic lighthouse built in 1820 and enjoy the serene beauty of Sapelo's unspoiled and undeveloped beaches, where giant sea turtles lay their eggs in summer. Travel around the island's scenic and historic north end. See the historic restored Raccoon Bluff African Baptist Church, remains of the island's African-American Rosenwald School, and remains of the Indian Mound at Bourbon Field, first cleared by the slaves of Frenchmen for their plantation. Other sites include the Indian Old Field, High Point, the mysterious Indian Shell Ring, the ruins of Chocolate Plantation's Tabby main house, cabins of enslaved people, and a restored barn. See the R.J. Reynolds cotton gin and commissary for island residents, post office, historic antebellum Long Tabby, and sugar mill ruins. You'll also have the chance to pay your respects at the Behavior Cementary, a Black cemetery dating back to the Civil War.

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