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Tybee Island, Georgia

     Tybee Island is a small island and city located in Chatham County, Georgia near the city of Savannah.  The island attracts many tourists, as well as nearby residents, because of the beautiful beaches, water activities and of course, fishing. Tybee Island, presumably, got its name from the Native American tribe that inhabited the island preceding the Spanish explorers in the 16th century, the Euchee tribe.  The Euchee's word for "salt" was "Tybee".  Tybee Island is also where the Days Inn chain started.

     The Tybee Pier and Pavilion was built in 1996, replacing the Tybrisa Pavilion, built by the railroad in 1891, which had been destroyed by fire.

     A known fact from history, on February 5, 1958, a U.S. Air Force B-47, jettisoned a nuclear weapon off the coast of Tybee Island when training exercises were being conducted with a USAF F-86 Sabre jet.  The two aircraft collided.  The pilot of the fighter ejected and the crew of the bomber made an emergency landing at a nearby base.  The lost weapon is known as the "Tybee Bomb."  The Air Force claims the bomb lacks a nuclear capsule and does not pose a threat. 

     The World Famous Tybee Island Crab Shack.  "Where the elite eat in their bare feet!"  The Crab Shack boasts they have one of the very best seafood buffets.  The seafood is boiled, steamed and raw, served in Lowcountry style at the water's edge.  Adults as well as children enjoy the outdoor experience, because after you eat all their wonderful seafood you can feed the alligators and visit the exotic birds and the gift shop.  If you are on a boat, there is also a boat dock.

     There are always cats looking for a handout!


Paula Dean's Lowcountry Boil



     Fill a large pot with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Add the crab boil and bring to a boil. Adjust the crab boil to suit your taste. When the water boils, add the potatoes and sausage. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add corn and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for no more than 3 minutes. Drain and serve with warm bread.

Fort Pulaski - A reminder of the elusiveness of invincibility

     Fort Pulaski was named for Revolutionary War hero, Count Casimir Pulaski. The Fort, completed in 1847 took 18 years to build with $1,000,000 in construction costs. The most famous of the engineers assigned to construct the Fort was Second Lieutenant Robert E. Lee, fresh from West Point.  Lee spent 17 months at the Fort; however, he did not build the Fort.  Lt Joseph Mansfield was the engineer assigned to  construction.

     The preserved Fort has wooden pilings sunk up to 70 feet into the mud to support the approximately 25 million bricks and 7.5 to 11 feet thick walls.

     The Fort surrendered in battle on April 11, 1862, after only 30 hours of bombardment. The Fort was prepared for an infantry attack but not an attack from the new rifled cannons.  The new cannons could go 4-5 miles as opposed to the once used cannonballs that could only travel 0.5 miles.  The shells breached the Fort's wall and were landing close to the Fort's main powder magazine. Colonel Olmstead surrendered the Fort. Only one Confederate soldier and one Union soldier were injured in the attack. 

     You can now visit Fort Pulaski Nation Monument, established on October 15, 1924 by Presidential Proclamation.  It is on 5,365 acres, including some of the most pristine and scenic marshlands on the Georgia coast.

Cockspur Lighthouse

     Georgia's smallest lighthouse, the lighthouse you see when you are visiting Fort Pulaski, is Cockspur Lighthouse.  In 1853, Mary Maher was the lighthouse keeper.  She was one of the first women employed by the U.S. Lighthouse Board.

     Following the Civil War the lighthouse was restored to service.  The keeper of the lighthouse then became Florence Martus.  She is the "Waving Girl" who greeted each ship coming into the Savannah River near her home.  She became so well known by the sailors that the United States named a Liberty Ship in her honor and there is a waterfront statue depicting her waving a towel at the passing ships.

     You can visit the decommissioned lighthouse by rowboat or by wading through the mud at low tide.

Copyright © 2008-2015 DeeDee MacDonald

Reader Comments...
2011-04-06 14:53:46
"Dee Dee - loved the pictures. We miss the 'Crab Shack' already. Thanks for the recipe. "
        - Dick & Ann

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