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Day Trip to Ossabaw Island, Saturday, March 30, 2019

Price: $85.00
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Spend a day on Ossabaw Island, Georgia’s third largest barrier island.  Travel by boat across Ossabaw Sound to the island’s North End, to enjoy an interpretive history tour.  Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on tables under the trees or on the porch of the 1890s-era Club House.  After lunch, there will be time to wander the North End on your own, before returning to the mainland.
Date:  Saturday March 30, 2019

Time:  Depart at 10:00am.  Please arrive by 9:45am.
            Return at 3:30pm  (this is an approximate time.)  

UPDATED Departure Location:  Rodney J. Hall Boat Ramp, Savannah, GA 
Who should attend: All are welcome.  Reservations and prepayment required. Minors must be accompanied by supervising adult.  Recommended for age 12 and up.
Other:  Bring your own lunch and water/beverage.  Trip occurs rain or shine, unless canceled by the boat captain due to weather advisory. Depart and return via Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia.
Fee:  $85.00    Fee includes transportation by boat to and from Ossabaw Island, admission to Ossabaw Island and interpretive tour of Ossabaw Island’s North End.  Reservations and prepayment required. No onsite registrations.

Description: A visit to Ossabaw Island offers possible sightings of a variety of wildlife including migratory birds, wading birds, and feral hogs, as well as free-roaming domesticated donkeys, and perhaps an alligator. Take short hikes to Cane Patch Island (site of a large native American shell midden), and on forest and marshside trails.

The hour-long interpretive tour is an overview of the history of Ossabaw Island, Georgia's third largest barrier island, from the native Americans through the 20th century ownership by the Torrey family, from their winter retreat in the 1920s through 1950s, including the establishment of the Ossabaw Island Project and Genesis Project creative programs in the 1960s and 1970s.  Learn about  the sale of Ossabaw to the State of Georgia as a Heritage Preserve in 1978 and the programs offered here now by the Ossabaw Island Foundation and other partners. Tour three 1840s era restored tabby cabins built as housing by enslaved Africans and learn about the tabby-making process. Hear about Ossabaw's 18th-century indigo cultivation and see naturalized indigo unique to this island.

(Eleanor "Sandy" Torrey West will not be present, and the Torrey-West estate is not included in this trip.)

Please include email.  All participants will be sent an information email the Tuesday before the trip with detailed information about the day.

Refund policy:  No refunds.

The tour is not recommended for those with hip, back or knee problems.

Sponsored by: The Ossabaw Island Foundation

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