Who would have thought Skidaway Island had such a rich history? Oglethorpe dropped off 5 families & six men in the early 1700's. That group lasted less than 4 years, but the Timucua Indians lived here in 1750 BC. Apparently, they were big shell fish eaters & left huge mounds of shells from their parties. 3000 years later these middens are still 4-5 feet high & 10 feet across! That’s a lot of oysters! Further back in tiime the island was ihabited by giant sloths, mastodons, & horses!
Confederate soldiers enlisted the aid of slaves to dig earth forts all over the barrier islands in an attempt to protect Savannah. We all know how that turned out. Sherman came by land & burned it down!
Skidway’s claim to fame in the 20th century was moonshine. The island’s remoteness & lack of a bridge made it the perfect place for moonshiners. This economic activity flourished until the bridge was built in the late 60’s.
The trails here are wonderful. Yesterday’s hike was along the wagon trail the early settlers travelled to access the ferry to Savannah. Edward & I continue to marvel at these forests of live oaks & pines, dominated by palms. So exotic & open. Very different than the deciduous forests of home.
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