St. Marys National Historic District, Welcome Center, Waterfront and Pier, Cumberland Ferry
The National Historic District, recognized in 1976, has more than 30 buildings and an old cemetery. Bounded by Alexander and Norris streets, Waterfront Road, and Oak Grove Cemetery, the history lover will find much of interest in the nineteenth and early twentieth century homes located here. Of special interest is the beautiful Orange Hall, built in 1829. Historic site tours begin at Orange Hall. Across the street is the graceful First Presbyterian Church, built in 1808. Start your tours from the St. Marys Welcome Center located at 101 Osborne Street at the waterfront next to Riverview Hotel. On the waterfront are the St. Marys Pavilion, Fishing Dock, and Boat Ramp, as well as the National Park Service building and dock where nature lovers book trips on the Cumberland Queen to Cumberland Island. Fishing and crabbing is allowed from the pier.
•Directions: I-95 to Exit 3. Go east on 40 for approximately 14 miles. It becomes Osborne Street and takes you to the downtown historic district. The Welcome Center is located at 101 Osborne St., St. Mary's, Georgia 31558.
•Activities: Historical touring, fishing tours, tours of historic district. Ferry to Cumberland Island.
•Facilities: Museum, restrooms, historic district, fishing pier, gift shop.
•Dates: Open Monday through Saturday 9-5, Sundays 1-5.
•Closest town: St. Marys.
•For more information: St. Marys Welcome Center, 101 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA 31558. Phone (912) 552-3436