About The Coastal Georgia Historical Society
In 1965, a strong group of 10 citizens formed the Coastal Georgia
Historical Society and began to successfully gather support from the
community of Glynn County to preserve the early coastal heritage. When
the Keeper's Dwelling was threatened with commercial development in
1975, the Society undertook the restoration of this 1872 building. As a
result of this work, the dwelling was opened in 1975 as the St. Simons
Island Lighthouse Museum and has been administered by the Society since
In 1984, the St. Simons Lighthouse was leased by the United
States Coast Guard and became part of the museum complex. Today, the
St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum is a recognized and viable part of
the rich cultural history of the area. The lighthouse, which still
lights the entrance to St. Simons Sound, adds the historical
significance of the evolving pre- and post- Civil War navigation. In
2004, the deed to the St. Simons Island Lighthouse was transferred to
the Coastal Georgia Historical Society under the National Historic
Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.
In April 2006, the Maritime Center
at the Historic Coast Guard Station opened. The beaches, marshes,
forests of oak and pine - and the life they support - have greatly
influenced the history of Georgia's barrier islands and coastal
communities. A unique feature of this new museum is the true melding
of the history of SSI military history and ecology of the islands off
the coast of Georgia.
Purpose, location, and community support make the
St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum and the Maritime Center at the
Historic Coast Guard Station truly unique. Through lectures, field
trips, films, and workshops, the Historical Society reaches out to
schools, civic organizations, local residents, and coastal visitors.
The Society is managing growth and protecting the historic resource for
In October 1991, the museum was accredited by the
American Association of Museums (AAM), and in 1998, was awarded
subsequent accreditation. In 1999, the museum won the National Award
for Museum Service for its Heritage Education program. The museum has
recently been recognized with two 2003 Preservation Awards for its
preservation work on the Keeper's Dwelling from the Georgia Historical
Society and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. It has also
received a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding contributions to
local history and historic preservation by the American Association of
State and Local History.
Membership to the Coastal Georgia Historical Society is a tax deductible donation.
Click HERE to open and print out the membership form (PDF file).