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Journeys: Exploring Sapelo

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Because of the success of our inaugural series last year, the second annual Journeys will again combine an educational program with an expert-led field trip. This year we will launch an exploration of Georgia’s barrier islands. The first stop will be our neighbor to the north, Sapelo Island. On Thursday, March 23, coastal Georgia historian Buddy Sullivan will unveil his new book Sapelo: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island, scheduled for release from the University of Georgia Press early in March. His lecture will offer fresh insights into the diverse history of Sapelo, particularly regarding the island’s unique African American Geechee culture and legacy. His lecture will include rarely seen historical photographs. Having served as manager of the Sapelo Island Reserve for over 20 years, Buddy’s knowledge of the island is unparalleled. Also on hand will be photographer Ben Galland, whose color images illustrate the book. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Buddy will serve as our expert guide on two field trips to Sapelo Island, April 11 and April 18. The tours will explore Long Tabby and the Thomas Spalding sugar mill, Hog Hammock community, UGA Marine Institute, the 1820 lighthouse, Nannygoat Beach, and the Howard Coffin/R.J. Reynolds, Jr., Mansion. Lunch is included as indicated below.

Lecture by Buddy Sullivan
Sapelo: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island
Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m., A.W. Jones Heritage Center
Free admission

Tours of Sapelo Island with Buddy Sullivan
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (lunch at the beach pavilion)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (lunch at the Coffin/Reynolds Mansion)
$75 per person
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Includes round trip motor coach transportation from the A.W. Jones Heritage Center,
Sapelo ferry ticket, island bus tour, and lunch.)


March 23
April 18


1 available
April 11 Tour$75.00
Sold Out!April 18 Tour$75.00