Museums & Historic Sites
Fort Morris Historic Site
Fort Morris State Historic Site was built to defend the former town of Sunbury, which was once a bustling seaport second in Georgia only to Savannah. Fort Morris was used as a coastal fortification during the Revolutionary War. The earthen works were reconstructed during the War of 1812 and were later used as a Civil War Encampment. The site’s museum features displays of civilian and military life during Georgia’s Colonial, Revolutionary, and Antebellum past. It also offers visitors a fascinating video, entitled Sunbury Sleeps, and self-guided tours of the 200-year-old earthen works. During periodic special events, reenactments bring Fort Morris alive with roaring cannons and the measured tread of marching soldiers.
The Midway Museum
The Midway Museum was built in the raised cottage-style structure, typical of 18th century plantation homes. It houses numerous exhibits, documents and furnishings that were used in coastal Georgia homes between colonial days and onset of the Civil War. The Museum also features a historic Church and Cemetery.
Dorchester Academy was founded after the Civil War as a school for freed slaves and by 1917, the fully-accredited high school had eight frame buildings and 300 students. In the 1940s, its academic program ended when a consolidated school for black youth was built in nearby Riceboro.
Visit the remaining dormitories, which are an example of Georgian Revival style architecture. Besides housing students, the dormitories were a retreat for members of the Civil Rights Movements, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is said he prepared for the 1963 Birmingham campaign within this historic building.
LeConte-Woodmanston Botanical Gardens
LeConte-Woodmanston, formerly the home of Dr. Louis LeConte, flourished as one of Georgia’s earliest inland swamp rice plantations and is now a natural preserve. Dr. LeConte achieved international fame in scientific circles as did his sons, John and Joseph. John was the first president of the University of California at Berkeley. Joseph and his friend John Muir co-founded the Sierra Club. Today, Louis LeConte’s world-famous 18th Century botanical gardens are being recreated with a myriad of antique plants. Visit the cypress forest, walk the interpretative trail along the earthen rice dikes leading through the Bulltown Swamp black-water eco-system and enjoy an 18th Century natural experience.
An award-winning living history museum, Seabrook Village features eight turn-of-the-century buildings on a developing 104-acre site. Visit the one-room Seabrook School where reading and writing and arithmetic were taught to the tune of a hickory stick, or try your hand at grinding corn into meal and grits or washing clothes on a scrub board. Planned group visits are fully interactive as costumed interpreters engage visitors in all aspects of old time village life.
Sunbury Cemetery is the final resting place of several of coastal Georgia’s first residents. Formerly a rival port of Savannah, the homes, wharves, and shops are all gone, replaced now by upscale homes reflecting the continued desirability of the site. The only reminder of those earlier days is Sunbury Cemetery, the permanent home of earlier citizens.
ITPA National Office & Museum
The museum consists of a vast collection of telephones and telephone equipment from throughout history. Children and adults alike may find it fascinating to see how the telephone evolved from the solid wood, wall mounted, hand cranked, operator directed, simplistic designs of the past to today’s pocket sized, touch-screen, cellular phones.