This is a quaint little place south and off US 95 and onto Hwy 40, about 30 miles. It has a nice downtown area, and some old antibellum homes along the main street into town. We enjoyed a 1/2 day stay there and took in the Naval Museum at the water front, as well as toured Orange Hall home.
This is a nice visit to an old plantation that grew rice. At the peak it was 7300 acres and had 357 slaves to handle the fields. The plantation started in early 1800s, and the plantation home was built in 1850's. The Civil War aftermath was bad for the plantation and they sold off a lot of land to pay taxes. It was farmed as a rice plantation until 1913, and then the daughters of the last heir continued living here until 1970's. It was eventually granted to the state of Georgia for the 696 remaining acres, where you can still see some rice operation along the marshes.
The visitor center has a short film and some small museum items.
It is open Thursday-Saturday 9-5 with a $5 admission. Location is 13 miles north of Brunswick on Hwy 17
I first ate at Mudcat Charlies in 1996 and found it to be a friendly and relaxing place. The seafood was great and so were the people that worked there. I believe at the time there were not many African Americans that ventured into the spot but my fiance and myself were treated with respect and had a great time conversing with the staff. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to enjoy great food, atmosphere and passing the time away watching the boats, water and beautiful sunsets.
Mudcat Charlie's is located at a marina just up from St. Simons Island on route 17 north just before the bridge turn right to the marina. It is very peaceful here and the food is good. This is the view from the restaurant of the marina at sunset.
A great place to eat just off the island and up route 17 a mile or so, called Mudcat Charlie's. The food was great, so was the service and the view on the water and sunset was perfect. Prices were very affordable, about $7.00 to $20.00 per plate, from bergers to great seafood. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.
Close by; at 12 miles away over the bridge is the place to shop for retail items and food, and maybe take in a restaurant that may be less expensive than on the island.