St. Simons Elopements

“Childhood living is easy to do. The things you wanted I bought them for you. Graceless lady you know who I am. You know I can’t let you slide through my hands.” ~ Keith Richards and Mick Jagger

An island so quiet, you can hear yourself breathe. Sunlight filters through the trees and vines as sounds of little animals scurry in the underbrush. A gentle splash of water moves through the salt marsh as the alligators bellow their courtships. Crumbling walls of a mansion called Dungeness remain today. This is Cumberland Island. The largest barrier island off the coast of Georgia, it is protected as a national seashore. It’s animal and plant communities are interdependent and each lends itself to the preservation of the other.

In the 1800’s Andrew Carnegie and wife Lucy built Dungeness and brought horses to the island. The horses remain on the island from that era…

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