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With Sapelo Sights you experience more than a tour of Sapelo Island... you go on a journey! Take a Journey of Sapelo Island with JR Grovner, a direct descendant of slaves brought to Sapelo in the early 1800s to work the plantations. Explore Native American shell mounds, visit the tabby ruins of an old French estate, check out Nannygoat Beach, tabby ruins of the slave cabins,
and see the newly-restored Sapelo Lighthouse.

Sapelo Island is reachable only by boat, with the primary ferry coming from the Sapelo Island Visitors Center in McIntosh County, Georgia, a seven mile, twenty-minute trip.  Your tour guide, JR Grovner is one of only 48 Sapelo Island residents and a direct descendant of African American slaves that worked on the island.  He still resides on this phenomenon island with deeply rooted history. A 30 minute ferry ride and you're on an Island you will embrace the minute your feet hit the ground. A place where it feels as though time stands still, where nature and the Gullah - Geechee culture of Hog hammock are of uppermost importance. The R.J. Reynolds' mansion takes you back to the heyday and Sapelo Sights wants to guide through a journey back in time. Come Join us and experience Sapelo Island with a Sapelo Sights journey through time! You will explore the island and experience its unique local culture and history with an insider's perspective that only a native of Sapelo can give.



October 2015
A festival celebrating the rich Geechee/Gullah culture of Sapelo Island, GA (unique food, music, dance, artworks and tours). This event is held at our historic Farmers Alliance Hall.

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Chiefs defensive lineman and JR's cousin Allen Bailey discusses growing up on Sapelo Island, Georgia and ponders the future of the dying historic community in this ESPN video.

Sapelo Island Tours

In 1863 slavery was abolished in the United States. Sapelo Island today is the home of a handful of people, including about 48 Black folks living in Hog Hammock Community. They, JR Grovner (your tour guide) included, are struggling to preserve and revitalize their African culture, heritage and property rights.