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World War II Home Front Museum Opens on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

December 2018 marked a monumental time for St. Simons Island with the opening of the World War II Home Front Museum. For four years, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society diligently worked to collect local accounts and artifacts to showcase amongst their interactive exhibits. The men and women of this time were the greatest of generations, changing history and even the world, but what many don’t realize, is how much U-boat activity was right off our coast and just how close to home World War II actually was to the United States.

The following excerpts from the Society’s website detail how the Golden Isles played their part:

In 1940, as war-ravaged America’s allies, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called our nation the “Arsenal of Democracy.” Following Pearl Harbor, the Golden Isles became an important component of that arsenal and contributed profoundly to the war effort. The Society’s new World War II Home Front Museum at the Historic Coast Guard Station will tell the multi-faceted story of bold initiatives to protect our coast from German submarines, train fighter pilots, build Liberty Ships to supply troops overseas, and much more. State-of-the-art exhibits will provide authentic and meaningful activities for visitors of all ages to engage in, as they learn about this critical period in our nation’s history.

The Home Front Museum will preserve for future generations the truly inspiring story of Coastal Georgia’s profound contribution to the World War II effort. Detailing Glynn County’s extraordinary role during the war, the new museum will be the only permanent, standalone museum in the entire country relating to the World War II home front story. Remarkably, Glynn County was the only county nationwide to operate three critical strategic facilities – a Liberty shipyard, an airship base, and naval radar training facilities.

In 2016, the Society appointed Gallagher & Associates, a renowned museum design firm and lead exhibit designer at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, to develop the concepts and layouts for the museum. Divided into six themes, the exhibits will be housed in the two historic buildings on the site. Outdoor displays will add another dimension to the overall visitor experience. Throughout, personal stories will be told using interviews, artifacts, documents, and photographs from the Society’s collection.

We had the honor of attending the private opening ceremonies on December 8, 2018.  As one of the most humbling opportunities, it was moving to be able to share the museum with the veterans and family members in attendance.

World War II Home Front Museum Opening Ceremonies
Opening ceremonies for the Home Front Museum
Radar Room Exhibit
Seth Burgess, in the Radar Room exhibit, was stationed at The King and Prince Resort when it was being used as a radar training facility.
Liberty Ships
Mimi Rogers of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society and Ida Mae, a former Liberty Ship worker, broke a bottle on the flagpole commemorating the bottles broken on the Liberty Ships before setting sail.
Blimp Display at the World War II Home Front Museum
The blimp display at the World War II Home Front Museum on St. Simons Island, GA.
Inside the World War II Home Front Museum
Inside the World War II Home Front Museum on St. Simons Island, GA.
Mr. Bill Brown
Mr. Bill Brown, helped by family, watches + listens to his interview in the exhibit.
Mark Daniel
Mark Daniel shares with others after seeing the stories recounted by his mother + grandfather.
Thea Jarvis
Thea Jarvis poses proudly next to memorabilia that belonged to her father.

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The Home Front Museum Timeline of Events
The Home Front Museum timeline of events leading to War World II also incorporates specific events happening locally in the Golden Isles.

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Museum tours are now opened to the public, and tickets can be purchased here (don’t miss the joint ticket options to tour the Lighthouse and the Home Front Museum).

In addition to touring the museum, we encourage you to also read Bob Bales’ article World War II Home Front Museum and the Role Coastal Georgia Played in the War for a more detailed account of the War activity in the area.

May 2017 Events in the Golden Isles

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Tailship Pacemaker ShipTallship Peacemaker Tours: Sunday, March 19th to Sunday, May 28th, 2017
The Class A Tallship “Peacemaker” will be allowing self guided free tours of the decks and main cabins every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The ship arrived in Brunswick, Sunday, February 28th sailing past the St Simons and Jekyll piers. It will stay docked at Mary Ross Park in downtown Brunswick through the Spring. The Peacemaker is a wooden sailing ship that has sailed as a barkentine and presently as a 3 masted schooner. History and more information about the ship can be seen here.


Jo Elliot - ArtTrendsGuest Artist Jo Elliott at ArtTrends Gallery: Tuesday, April 4th to Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Watercolor artist Jo Elliott can’t remember a time when art wasn’t a part of her life. Growing up, she often accompanied her father as he conducted drawing and painting classes. Although she has continued her studies with other gifted artists, she has purposefully developed her own unique style and has gained widespread recognition for her colorful landscapes. Jo’s main focus is an irresistible subject, water. Her impressionistic paintings of rivers and creeks, beaches and boats are alive with color and feeling. Jo Elliott will be showing as a guest artist at ArtTrends Gallery, 3305 Frederica Road, SSI, Ga. April 4th to May 13th. The opening reception will be held during the Island Art Crawl, Friday, April 21st, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information visit the website.


Book SaleSpring Book Sale!: Thursday, May 4th to Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Thousands of gently used books for sale in the atrium of the St. Simons Island Casino. Cash & credit card accepted.
Thursday, May 4th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Preview sale for Literary Guild members and those wishing to join.
Friday, May 5th, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6th, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Golf Club Tournament

29th Annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament: Friday, May 5th, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join us May 5th at 10:00 a.m. for the 29th annual Club Golf Tournament for the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia! Where: Jekyll Island Golf Club. Cost: $100 per person / $400 per team. Format: Four Man Team Scramble

Package: Tournament fees, shared cart fee, breakfast, lunch, range balls, after-party at Gnatʼs Landing, band & appetizers. A portion of the beverage sales from 4 p.m. – close support the Boys & Girls Club. More details here.


First Friday in BrunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: Friday, May 5th, 2017 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Kick off the first weekend of the month on Newcastle Street from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Visit the beautiful downtown district and enjoy all the galleries, shops, and businesses that will be open late serving wine & snacks, with live music in our Signature Squares.


The Diamond - Golden Isles LiveGolden Isles Live! Presents: The Diamonds: Friday, May 5th, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
With a “National Anthem of Rock and Roll” in their pockets, The Diamonds are more than seasoned performers. They are classic rock ’n’ roll.
The original quartet rose to prominence in the 1950s and early 1960s with 16 Billboard hits including “The Stroll” and the instant, million-selling hit “Little Darlin’” which has sold approximately 20 million copies to date. The Diamonds have learned that the durability of classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. The newest quartet members, playing saxophone and trombone joined with piano and drums, continue to expand their audience by performing in a variety of venues and touring Europe, South America, and Asia.
Three gold records… thirty-three appearances on American Bandstand… inductions into the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame… Adult $35 per ticket. Student/Child $10 per ticket. More info here.

Glynn Academy Auditorium: 1001 Mansfield St, Brunswick, GA 31520. Phone: 912-638-4111


Hofwyl-Broadfield PlantationGhosts & Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation: Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the site. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house.

As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields.
Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6 at 6:30 p.m. $15 per person. More info here. Phone: 912-264-7333


Ladies Day EpworthLadies Day & Epworth by the Sea: Saturday, May 6th, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ladies’ Day at Epworth- May 6th in the Nalls Building. Be a vendor or a supporter or come have fun. $3 at the door. A fun day for Ladies to swap clothes, shoes, and accessories and take home other “new to you” things. Visit each vendor in order to qualify for door prizes.

Ladies bring their Gently used, clean clothing, shoes, and accessories to the Nalls Building at Epworth and we sort them according to size on tables. Then, at the appropriate time, we will release the ladies to take as much as they want of someone else’s home with them. That’s the fun part! The clothing swap is optional. The leftover clothes will be donated to Hello Goodbuy on behalf of the Well, a homeless outreach in Downtown Brunswick.

We will be giving door prizes out at 1:30 p.m. You do not have to be present to win, but you do have to visit each booth to qualify. Each vendor will stamp your BINGO card with their stamp or initials. Once you get your card full, bring it back to the front and exchange it for a ticket for the door prizes.


Derby DayFrederica Academy Derby Day: Saturday, May 6th, 2017 – 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for the fun and festive afternoon of spectacular horse race and hat viewing, exciting live and silent auctions, great Southern fare and fellowship. The running of the 2017 Kentucky Derby will be simulcast on large screen televisions inside and outside at 6:15 p.m. so everyone can cheer on their favorite horse and rider in “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” At 7:15 p.m. Squirt Gun will host a dance party and the raffle will take place. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here.


Golden Isles SpeedwayGolden Isles Speedway: Saturday, May 6th, 2017 – 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Join the Golden Isles Speedway for a night filled with exciting races! Grandstands open at 5 p.m. The driver’s meeting is at 5:30 and we will commence the event with hot laps at 6 p.m. Pit entry is $30 and general admission is $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Late Model, Emond, Enduro, NeSmith StS, Super Street, 440s. 101 Speedway Drive, Waynesville, GA 31566. Phone: (912) 386-0061


Turtle Island QuartetTurtle Island Quartet: Saturday, May 6th, 2017 – 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A LOVE SUPREME – The Music of John Coltrane. In exploring John Coltrane’s musical legacy, the GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet continues its own tradition of employing the string quartet form to shed new light on the timeless joy and beauty contained in the greatest music of the American jazz masters. The concert program will present an in-depth look at this landmark recording in the greater context of the music that preceded and followed, a time many consider to be the last great evolutionary period of jazz. Visit the website for more info here. Phone: 912-262-6934.


Rhythm on the RiverRhythm on the River: Whiskey Hotel: Sunday, May 7th, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay & Gloucester Streets. This week’s event features: Whiskey Hotel. Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic, and your favorite beverage.
Admission: FREE!

Little Light Music Concert SeriesA Little Light Music Concert featuring The Tams: Sunday, May 7th, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
A Little Light Music Concert Series Featuring: The Tams. Held on the oceanfront lawns of the St. Simons Lighthouse, A Little Light Music is a unique experience where concert-goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy performances on select Sunday evenings May through August.

Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Individual event tickets: $12 per person at the gate or in advance at the Museum Store.
Children under 12 are free. 610 Beachview Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522


Moonrise at ECHO St. Simons
Moonrise Party at ECHO: Tuesday, May
 9th to Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. 912-268-5967


The Golden Isles at WarThe Golden Isles at War Screening: Thursday, May 11th, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Join the Coastal Georgia Historical Society for the The Golden Isles at War Screening May 11th at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required by visiting here.


Turtle Crawl WeekendTurtle Crawl Weekend: Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Since 2003, Jekyll Island has hosted the Turtle Crawl, a set of races benefiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC). Jekyll Island’s picturesque oceanfront and maritime forest are settings for two triathlons – the International Distance Triathlon and the Sprint Distance Triathlon, both sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Returning for 2017, a 10K race will accompany the 5K run, providing race fun for the whole family. All races are timed, and take place on certified courses.

From elite, world-class athletes to running novices, the Turtle Crawl races offer something for athletes at every skill level. With four races to choose from, Turtle Crawl Festival, and a unique island getaway, Turtle Crawl Weekend on Jekyll is a not to be missed “racecation” for all families. To learn more about Turtle Crawl Weekend, visit here.


Moxie Craft FestMoxie Craft Fest: Friday, May 12th, 2017 – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Moxie Craft Fest is a group of makers committed to bringing a fresh, eclectic vibe to the Golden Isles through handmade goods crafted by local artisans. Come shop unique, hip, local vendors in a fun setting! There is no other craft market in the area quite like us! Our next event will be a NIGHT MARKET on Friday, May 12th from 5:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. at 1229 Newcastle historic downtown Brunswick. We will have food, live music, and of course, our funky handmade vendors. This will be a fun indoor and outdoor event. Bring the whole family – you won’t want to miss it! More info here.


Southern Grown Farmers MarketSouthern Grown Farmers Market: Saturday, May 13th, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music as you visit local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods, and produce. Phone: 912-634-3994


Blessing of the Fleet79th Annual Blessing of the Fleet: Saturday, May 13th, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For many fishermen and recreational boaters of Brunswick & Glynn County, maintaining traditions and paying respect to those lost at sea is a top priority. This one day celebration is one of the best Coastal Georgia has to offer with fresh seafood, local culture, boating, water sports, the shrimping industry, arts, crafts and variety of leisure activities. The festival will feature fun and games for the kids, fabulous food, music, great family entertainment, and variety of artists and displays.

One Day event SATURDAY, May 13th! (All events are free)
Children’s fishing tournament at 10:00 a.m. Shrimp boat tours at 1:00 p.m. Blessing of the Fleet at 2:00 p.m.

Arts, crafts and food vendors are encouraged to sign up to participate in the Festival. Vendor forms are available on the Blessing of the Fleet Festival website. Phone: 912-265-4032


Mother's Day Weekend Art ShowMother’s Day Weekend Art Show: Saturday, May 13th to Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Mother’s Day Weekend Art & Craft Show Postell Market/Postell Park Pier Village, St. Simons Island. Showcasing all of your favorite local and regional artists from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both on Saturday and Sunday! Phone: 912-230-1042.


Golden Isles Youth Orchestra - GIYOGolden Isles Youth Orchestra Spring Concert: Sunday, May 14th, 2017 – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Spring Concert is Sunday, May 14th at 4:00 p.m. in the Glynn Academy Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for adults and free for teachers, students and children under 6 years old. 1001 Mansfield , Brunswick, GA 31520.


Golden Isles Prep RallyGolden Isles Prep Rally: Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A fun & informative community preparedness rally to be held at Mary Ross Waterfront Park Brunswick, Ga. This exciting and important event will be free to the entire community. It will focus on disaster awareness and preparedness with the spotlight on hurricane and coastal flooding. It is also in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week. The Prep Rally will be held this summer right before hurricane season begins. Learn how to pack an evacuation bag for the whole family…including your pets! Find out where to go and how to return after an evacuation.

We have all heard folks say they are not sure what they should do or where they should go in case an evacuation is ordered for our coastal region. This fun and unique, fair like, tent event is going to directly address those questions and fears that everyone has, specifically focusing on our immediate coastal area putting minds at ease. We believe that after attending this first of its kind outreach, local folks will better understand how to establish an individual and family disaster plan for communication and evacuation of loved ones in an orderly manner. More info here.


African American Life and Culture on St. Simons IslandTelling Our Stories: African American Life and Culture on St. Simons Island: Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A program of digital stories focused on the history of African American cemeteries on St. Simons Island and based on interviews conducted by Mercer University students in collaboration with the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition. With guest speakers Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era and Co-Director, Center for Virtual History, University of Georgia and Dr. Christopher Lawton, Executive Director, Georgia Virtual History.

Saturday, May 20, 2017. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive. Phone: 912-638-8770. More info here.


Golden Isles SpeedwayGolden Isles Speedway: Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Join the Golden Isles Speedway for a night filled with exciting races! Grandstands open at 5 p.m. The driver’s meeting is at 5:30 and we will commence the event with hot laps at 6 p.m. Pit entry is $30 and general admission is $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Limited, Emond, Enduro, NeSmith Street Stock, Super Street, 440s. 101 Speedway Drive, Waynesville, GA 31566. Phone: (912) 386-0061.


St. Simons Island Antique ShowSt. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday, May 27th to Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc. Located under the oaks, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallery Street, St. Simons Island, Ga. In the historic Pier Village area. Close to restaurants, hotels, shopping, and beautiful St. Simons Island Beaches.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING!


Sounds by the SeaSounds by the Sea Featuring The Phil Morrison and Ken Trimmins Jazz Collective: Sunday, May 28th, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Music is in the air and by the sea as Golden Isles Arts & Humanities gets ready for a great summertime concert series – Sounds by the Sea. A variety of musical offerings will fill Neptune Park from May – September showcasing the best local and regional musicians.

Kicking off the Sounds by the Sea 2017 season on May 28 will be audience favorite and extraordinary jazz ensemble, The Phil Morrison- Ken Trimmins Jazz Collective.

Sounds by the Sea is presented by Golden Isles Arts and Humanities at Neptune Park on St. Simons Island directly behind the Casino building. The concerts are held on select Sundays, for maximum breezes and bug-free comfort by the ocean. The concerts take place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. The season is sponsored by Atlantic National Bank (print media sponsor), Magic 105.9 and 104.1 The Wave (radio sponsor) and Best Western Plus (hotel sponsor.); opportunities are available for local businesses to sponsor individual concerts.

A season pass for Sounds by the Sea will be available through May 28th and are only $40. Season passes are also available for ages 6-12 for only $15. Passes are available for purchase online at, in person at the Historic Ritz Theatre in Downtown Brunswick or by calling Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at (912) 262-6934. Admission to Sounds by the Sea, payable at the gate the night of each show, is only $10 for adults. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5, and under 6 years old are free. More info here.


Taps at TwilightTaps at Twilight: Monday, May 29th, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Rotary Club of St. Simons Island invites everyone to join them in observing Memorial Day at the Annual Taps at Twilight, scheduled for Monday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Neptune Park Bandstand. Taps at Twilight has been a St. Simons Island Memorial Day tradition since 1991, honoring the men and women who have fallen in the service of our country, those who valiantly served and returned and those who are serving today. Experience the pageantry of flags, patriotic music, posting and retiring of the colors. The Golden Isles Community Band will perform. Admission is free as the Rotary’s gift to the community. You need only bring your chair. St. Simons Island, GA 31522.

Live Music at ECHO St. SimonsEnjoy Live Music at ECHO: Every Weekend
Visit the event calendar here for details.


Prime Rib Dinner St Simons IslandPrime Rib Dinner at ECHO: Every Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights. It comes as part of a fabulous three-course meal with a salad, entree, and dessert. You will not leave hungry. For more information, click here. To make reservations call 912-268-5967.


Bottomless Mimosas St Simons IslandSunday Brunch at ECHO: Every Sunday – 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon.
You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree (alcoholic beverage cannot be served before 12:30 p.m.). For more information, click here.