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“Very Historic”
Review of Hog Hammock

Hog Hammock
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Owner description: An African-American community and a preserved historic village on Sapelo Island.
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I would have liked a little more information about this particular place. I understand that he inhabitants do not like pictures taken of their home and I can understand this and I did not.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Sapelo Island, being the4th largest of Georgia's barrier islands, is accessible only by ferry from Meridian Dock, 8 miles northeast of Darien, Georgia. The island is managed by the Georgia DNR, which operates the ferry service and is the state liason for several island intities,including the UGA Marine Institute, the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and the private community of Hog Hammock, which is home to approximately 70 full-time residents, many of whom are descendants of the antebellum slaves of Sapelo's various plantations. Sapelo's human occupation dates back at least 4500 years based on archaeological studies conducted at the Shell Ring and various shell middens on the island, so needless to say, the island is drowning in history and folklore!
We took the 8:30 am ferry from the Meridian Dock. The ride, although only less than 30 minutes, allowed us breathtaking views of the river and the marsh...
Once we arrived on Sapelo Island, Yvonne, who conducts the State Tour, met us. We boarded the bus and toured the southern part of the island, which included Hog Hammock, J.R. Reynolds air field, the Reynolds Mansion, the post office,the general store, the lighthouse, the beach and the UGA Marine Institute. Unfortunately, on the State Tour, we did not go to the north end of the island where the Shell Ring and the community of Chocolate and other historic sites are. After the tour, we rented bicycles and went to the beach, which was stunning. There were bathrooms there and a covered picnic area right on the beach where we enjoyed a picnic lunch and a very refreshing swim (105 degree heat index the day we were there!)
I will go back, but I will do one of the private tours that delve more into the history, culture and folklore of the island and covers the north end. In addition to bike rentals, there are also golf carts for rent. If you would like to spend the night or several, there are options for accommodations, including camping, rooms for rent and even the Reynolds Mansion may be rented! This area has got to be some of the most picturesque in the world! Don't miss it! Make sure to make all reservations ahead of time...beginning with a call to the Sapelo Island Visitors Center. Take food and drinks - although the General Stores does carry snacks and drinks, operating hours are limited.

16  Thank edenl
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Since we were staying in sight of the Sapola Island ferry we figured we'd head over for a tour, not really knowing what to expect.

The ferry is $5 per person round trip and the ride is a bit less than 1/2 hour. We enjoyed watching dolphins (or porpoises--not sure which) fishing and swimming near the dock and further out in the bay.

You have to be on the guest list to board the ferry which means you're either taking a private tour or the tour run by the State of Georgia. The caretakers of the rental house we were staying at suggested booking a tour with Nancy and Caesar Banks and we spent almost 3 hours learning about the history of Sapola Island and its people, whom Nancy calls saltwater Gitchee. It was just the 3 of us on the tour and it was an outstanding value.

It was educational and emotional to be in a place where our guides' relatives had been enslaved. I doubt I'll ever forget the feeling of being in a pretty woods named Hanging Bull when Nancy explained that bull was a nickname given to African men by the plantation owners and this area was where men were hanged for perceived misdeeds.

Nancy gave us an outstanding history lesson, made sure we saw some alligators, gave us time to walk on the beautiful beach that we had all to ourselves, and sent me home with some of her wisteria to try to grow in our far colder climate.

The Island's current population is declining from lost jobs, increasing property taxes, and older generations passing away and unless something changes, the community of Hog Hammock will only be a memory. It was fun and meaningful to hear Caesar's stories of growing up on the Island and we came away with a sense of gratitude to Nancy and Caesar for helping us know their place and their history.

We learned so much in a short time and all three of us (including our 13 year old daughter--who isn't known to enjoy educational tours) were glad we had the opportunity to visit Sapelo Island.

Logistical information--there are no restaurants on the island, but there is a small store for drinks and snacks. Do bring bug spray if you're planning to do the short nature walk. I would recommend doing a bit of research about the Island in advance (which we did not do) because they will customize your tour to focus on whatever you're most interested in.

16  Thank luv2snorkel61
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had an excellent tour guide Mr. Jr. Grovenor who lives on the Island. What a delightful time we had. Mr.Grovenor is fantastic, We fell in love with his sense of humor and that infectious smile. If you want to know about Sapelo Island take the tour with Jr. My father is still talking about his bus ride to Chocolate.

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WOF Orl, Fla

9  Thank Ella H
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

So sad that this area suffers from a declining population, but those that were born there remain loyal to their roots. Those that have left to find work on the mainland return often.

3  Thank Lovemygrits
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