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Descendants Day Trip to Ossabaw Island

May 7 @ 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Did your parents, grandparents or other ancestors live, work or own land on Ossabaw Island from 1760 – 1980?

Descendants of Ossabaw are invited to spend a day on Ossabaw Island, Georgia’s third largest barrier island. Did your parents, grandparents or other ancestors live, work or own land on Ossabaw Island from 1760 – 1980?

Were they tenant farmers, enslaved people, Torrey Family employees, land owners, Freedmen, hunting guides, timbermen, or cattlemen? Please join us as the Ossabaw Island Foundation brings Ossabaw’s people together for a day of food, friendship, history, and remembrance.Travel one hour by pontoon cruising boat through the Moon River District’s rivers and creeks, across Ossabaw Sound to the island’s North End. The day’s events will include:A walking tour of Ossabaw’s North End, including the Club House, the Boarding House, and the three tabby cabins, all restored in the last 20 years. Learn about Ossabaw’s 5,000 years of human history, and where your people’s roles fit into that timeline.

An optional driving tour to Middle Place, site of the founding of Hinder Me Not Baptist Church, by the Bond brothers. Also the site of the stables for the Torrey family, and of a sawmill owned and operated by the Torreys.

Share your stories: professional interviewer Orlando Montoya will make audio recordings of 15-minute interviews with former island residents or their children and grandchildren. Times will be available throughout the day. (Specific information will be sent ahead of the trip.)

A catered dinner by Lesley Varnedore. Meal also includes recipes from Nelle Torrey, Sandy West’s mother.

An optional driving tour to the Main House and grounds, is part of the day.

Note: all Ossabaw Island trips require use of masks/protective face coverings during check in, on the boat to and from the island, in the trucks on the island, and when indoors in common spaces. Other social distancing and sanitization practices will apply.


Ossabaw Island, North End
Main rd
Ossabaw Island, GA 000000 United States