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Journeys Field Trip

The Journeys field trip on March 5 will explore the lives and legacies of enslaved people in Coastal Georgia, including those involved in the Weeping Time, by visiting several local sites. The trip will begin at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, then travel to the ruins of Hampton Point Plantation on the northern end of St. Simons. There, our guest speaker will be Terri Ward, the Front Porch Genealogist. A member of the Georgia and Coastal Georgia Genealogical Societies, as well as the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Ward has conducted extensive research on the enslaved people associated with the Pierce Butler family. Myrna Crook, manager of the Society’s Archaeology Lab, will provide information about the existing ruins of plantation structures and archaeological studies of the area.

Next, our group will travel to Darien for a private luncheon at Oaks on the River, a boutique hotel and restaurant with views of the Altamaha River. During lunch, Terri Ward will give a short presentation that will connect the sites on our tour through the stories of those who lived and worked there, both enslaved and free. Next, we will make our way to the Adam Strain Building, where a site guide will share information on the restoration and revitalization of the early 19th century structure, one of the few to survive the burning of Darien during the Civil War.

The final stop will be the site of Butler Island Plantation, where we will see the ruins of this former rice plantation. Terri Ward will speak about the site’s connection to the Weeping Time and discuss later genealogical research efforts related to this historical event. Information about archaeological findings will be provided by Myrna Crook. The group will then return to the A.W. Jones Heritage Center by 4:30 p.m.

The March 5 field trip to Hampton Point and Butler Island is $125.00 per person, and includes motorcoach transportation, guided tours, and a three-course lunch. The tour will depart from the A.W. Jones Heritage Center at 9:30 a.m. and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. The tour will operate rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable, although they may be transferred to another person.

The field trip is sold out.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected].


March 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


A.W. Jones Heritage Center
610 Beachview Dr
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 United States
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