We were fortunate to make reservations for the extended tour which is provided on the last Tuesday of the month. This tour includes both the north and south ends of the island. The normal tour is only in the south end. The tour uses on old school bus that the driver and tour guide handles like it is a sports car diving through the woods with such skill it is worth the trip in itself. The north end is the R. J. Reynolds Wildlife Sanctuary. It in mainly live oak and Spanish moss. The most impressive thing on the north end was the Shell Circle which is a circular oyster shell mound 10-14 feet high, 30-40 feet thick and about 200 feet in diameter. Oyster shell in the mound have been carbon dated back to 4000 BC. On the South end you see the extremes of the society on the island. Hog Hammock is a community that originated with emancipated slaves forming a village. Our tour guides husband is an eight generation resident . On the other end of the spectrum is Reynolds Mansion. This is a fantastic tour. If you are not in the area on the last Tuesday of the month, their is a private tour "Sapelo Sights" that covers the same itinerary . Make sure you do the full tour it is worth it.
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