On Hank Barrett’s bucket list was his desire to stay at the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island. For his birthday last Nov., his gift from me, was this two night visit at the Greyfield Inn. Upon arrival we were given our basket lunch which we enjoyed eating outside on the patio. After that we were taken to our room,,,,up on the fourth floor of this beautiful old home originally owned by Mary Ferguson, and later on by her daughter, Lucy. One of Lucy’s granddaughters, GoGo Ferguson, lives on the Island in a cottage next to the Inn. She is known for her artistry in making jewelry from bones and sea shells she finds on Cumberland. We visited her shop, made purchases, and later the next day Hank was able to meet with her regarding a project he thought she might be able to do.
The history of Cumberland goes way back to the time when Nathaniel Greene was given the Island. Altho’ he never lived there, due to his death, his wife did live there and later on married the children’s tutor, a Mr. Miller. One can visit the Greene – Miller cemetery at the far South end of the Island.
INTERESTING NOTE —– Major/General Henry ” Light-Horse Harry” Lee died on Cumberland Island March 25, 1818!! His original tombstone is there, but his remains were exhumed and now rest back in his home state of Virginia. He is the father of Robert E Lee. OH how history just comes to life.
Before arriving at the cemetery, our steel steeds (aka bikes) took us past Dungeness, a former Carnegie residence. BEFORE THAT – at this very site, Nathaniel Greene’s widow constructed a 4 story tabby home. She called it Dungeness. The Carnegie mansion that was built later on continued the use of the Dungeness name. It burned, for the second time, in 1959. The ruins still stand and are beautiful in their destroyed state.
There are wild horses all over Cumberland Island — on the beaches, in the yard at the Greyfield, along the sides of the roads……They are left to the wild. They are not fed or cared for…..they just exist as they have done for many many years. Life continues on as you see below……….
The meals are served with family style seating, but food is plated and served individually. The only menu is for wines, altho’ the chef does provide a wine pairing with each dinner course if you wish o partake.
Monday, April 17, 2017 we visited GoGo’s jewelry shop, rode bikes to the beach ( and enjoyed our picnic lunch ) as well as attempted to ride NORTH to find Plum Orchard, another mansion that has been restored. The sandy wash-board roads were not fun, so that adventured was aborted!!!
My first visit to Cumberland Island was many years ago when Hank and I were doing a beach cleanup with the Clean Coast group out of Savannah. THAT particular stay was in a tent. Hank attempted to “fool” me with chocolate on the pillow, slippers at the tent entrance and a “SIGN” reading RITZ CARLTON, CUMBERLAND ISLAND. This was my first and only time camping. yep — can say I have done that,,,,,and NO , don’t ever want to do it again. Seriously suggest one stay at the Greyfield Inn!! aaaahhhh lovely.
As we near the end of this year long adventure, this two night stop on Cumberland Island has been pure bliss and a wonderful way to slowly end the journey.
BUT wait —– stand by for St. Simons fun and adventure…….coming up in the next blog……..