The mission of the Society is to present and interpret the history and culture of Coastal Georgia as they are reflected in our heritage of significant sites and resources.

In 1965, a small group of local residents formed the Society with an ambitious vision: to lead in the preservation of the artifacts and buildings that are the treasures of our coastal heritage. Their goal was to match the best historical societies in existence. The momentum and enthusiasm generated in the Society’s first year has never abated.

Today, as owner of the St. Simons Lighthouse, the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, and custodian of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Dwelling and Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach, the Society has become the guardian of Coastal Georgia history and a driver of heritage tourism. These sites are essential pieces of our collective history. They are also alive with vibrant interpretation of our cultural resources, telling our coastal story through tours, lectures, exhibits, and other educational programs.

In 2015, the Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary. A booklet commemorating the last 50 years was created and handed out during the celebration. To learn more about what we have accomplished in the last 50 years, view the booklet.

Mission in Action: 2016 – 2020
Recent strategic planning sessions confirmed that the Board of Directors is committed to taking the organization to the next level in terms of expanding service to the community. The Board has approved two key priorities over the next three to five years:



To learn more about our most accomplishments, read our most recent Annual Reports: 2019 Annual Report; 2018 Annual Report2017 Annual Report2016 Annual Report.