May 12th: Plum Orchard Mansion, Cumberland Island, Georgia

Coffee, Diet Coke, & Breakfast @ Fernandina Beach

Coffee, Diet Coke, & Breakfast @ Fernandina Beach

Yesterday we just hung out around Fernandina Beach for another day. Then today, after a late breakfast from Amelia Island Coffee, eaten in the little park next door, we dropped our mooring lines and headed off for Cumberland Island, Georgia. This is the island with wild horses roaming around, and where John F. Kennedy Jr was married a number of years ago.

Well, as we navigated past the King’s Island Submarine Base, with all its navigational markings and guard boats, I somehow took a wrong turn and we wound up at the Northern access anchorage rather than the Southern one we were supposed to be going to. Not a problem. Remember – Columbus had no idea where he was when he discovered the New World. Well, we discovered a beautiful old mansion call Plum Orchard. It was built by the Carnegies back in 1898 for their son George. Seems the Carnegies had several mansions on Cumberland Island. It was there private retreat for a couple months each year. Most of the islands property has now been donated to the National Park Service, so much of these historical buildings, and the amazingly natural lands are being preserved.

The really neat thing, the park rangers leave about 4:30 so they can catch the last ferry back home. We wound up being the only boat and only people around. As the sun set Rosette Spoonbills and Wood Storks came in to roost in the trees just yards from our boat. A glass of wine, a salad, a burger from our grill. Does life get much better than this? Oh yes – another spectacular sunset.

Plum Orchard Mansion

Plum Orchard Mansion

The View from Freestyle

The View from Freestyle

 

A Plum Orchard Sunset

A Plum Orchard Sunset

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