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Plantations & the Golden Isles
The settling of Georgia by the English along its southern coast left many footprints that recount the history of the 13th British Colony. First we stop at the HOFWYL PLANTATION that overlooks the marshlands of the Altamaha River, and once the center of rice cultivation. Continuing to St Simons, one of the barrier islands of Georgia, we have lunch in the village at Barbara Jeans before meeting our local guide. We see the site of the “Battle of Bloody Marsh” where Oglethorpe stopped the Spanish from invading the colony, and then we drive to the south end of the island. It is here that Fort Frederica National Monument preserves the archaeological remnants of a fort and town built by James Oglethorpe between 1736 and 1748 to protect the southern boundary. Great day of touring on this interesting and education excursion.