Gascoigne Bluff

Gascoigne Bluff (HM8OT)

Location: Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 Glynn County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 9.946', W 81° 24.6'

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Throughout the ages Gascoigne Bluff has been the gateway to St. Simons Island. An Indian village was located here. Capt. James Gascoigne of HM Sloop-of-was, HAWK, which convoyed the Frederica settlers on their voyage across the Atlantic in 1736, established headquarters for Georgia`s naval forces and had his plantation here. In the invasion of 1742 the Spaniards landed at this Bluff.

Live oak timbers for the building of USS CONSTITUTION, better known as "OLD IRONSIDES." and the other vessels of our first US Navy were cut on St. Simons and loaded here in 1794 for shipment North where vessels were built.

During the Plantation Era these lands became the sea island cotton plantation of James Hamilton. A wharf here was the shipping center for the St. Simons plantations.

1874-1902 this Bluff was lined with great mills, where cypress and long leaf yellow pine timbers were sawed into lumber and shipped to all parts of the world.

The causeway built in 1924, connecting St. Simons with the mainland, has its terminus here.

In 1949 the Methodist Church acquired the upper part of the Bluff and established EPWORTH-BY-THE-SEA as a Conference Center.
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HM NumberHM8OT
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number063-13
Year Placed1956
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 460926 N 3448045
Decimal Degrees31.16576667, -81.41000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 9.946', W 81° 24.6'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 9' 56.76" N, 81° 24' 36.00" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2198-2262 Torras Causeway, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, US
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