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Cumberland Island, Georgia - Cursed or just a coincidence? Wild Horses roam free

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

History that has a more specific record starts with the early Spanish missions in the 16th century. In the 1730s, James Edward Oglethorpe laid out two forts, one on each end of the Island. In the 1750s, aspiring planters came to the Island once slavery was allowed on its shores.

After the American Revolution, iconic families, such as that of Nathaniel Greene, became obsessed with Cumberland’s natural resources; the first mansion was built on the site we now know as Dungeness. This would be the center point of various developers passing away or having loved ones get hurt.

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Best Places to Visit on the island:

  1. Dungeness Ruins: This historic site is the ruins of a mansion that was built in the late 1800s by Thomas Carnegie, the brother of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. The mansion was once one of the largest and most luxurious homes in the country, but it was abandoned in the 1920s and is now in ruins. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the site and learn about the history of the island and its wealthy residents.

  2. Sea Camp Beach: This is the largest and most popular beach on the island, and it's a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. The beach is located near the Sea Camp Ranger Station, where visitors can obtain camping permits and other information about the island.

  3. Plum Orchard Mansion: This historic mansion was also built by the Carnegie family and is now a part of the Cumberland Island National Seashore. Visitors can take a guided tour of the mansion and learn about its history and architecture.

  4. Wilderness Area: The majority of Cumberland Island is designated as a wilderness area, which means that it's largely undeveloped and unspoiled. Visitors can explore the island's natural beauty by hiking or biking on the island's trails, and they may even encounter wild horses and other wildlife.

  5. Brickhill Bluff: This scenic overlook provides breathtaking views of the Cumberland River and the mainland beyond. It's a great spot for photography and birdwatching, and visitors can also explore the nearby salt marshes and tidal creeks.

What people don't know about Cumberland Island:

  1. The island is home to a large population of feral horses that roam freely on the beaches and in the forests. These horses are descended from Spanish horses that were brought to the island by explorers in the 16th century.

  2. The island has a rich history that includes Native American settlements, plantation agriculture, and the activities of wealthy industrialists like the Carnegies. Visitors can learn about this history by exploring the island's historic sites and taking guided tours.

  3. Cumberland Island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including sea turtles, alligators, and a variety of bird species. The island is a popular destination for birdwatchers, who come to see species such as the painted bunting and the wood stork.


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