St. Simons Island has been the backdrop of many novels, children’s books not to mention the center of nonfiction publications.
Below are just a few of the books written about or including St. Simons Island.
Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island’s Past
Mile for mile, St. Simons Island, one of Georgia’s Golden Isles, boasts as much history as any community on the East Coast. Originally an Indian hunting ground, it has been occupied or invaded by Spanish missionaries, British settlers, planters and their slaves, the Union army, the United States Navy, and developers and tourists. The seventeen narratives in Voices from St. Simons represent an “oral archaeological dig,”
Gullah Geechee Heritage in the Golden Isles
The Sea Islands are home to a long and proud African American and Gullah Geechee heritage. Ibo Landing was the site of a mass suicide in protest of slavery, the slave ship Wanderer landed on Jekyll Island and, thanks to preservation efforts, the Historic Harrington School still stands on St. Simons Island. From the Selden Normal and Industrial Institute to the tabby cabins of Hamilton Plantation, authors Amy Roberts and Patrick Holladay explore the rich history of the region’s islands and their people, including such local notables as Deaconess Alexander, Jim Brown, Neptune Small, Hazel Floyd and the Georgia Sea Island Singers.
Island Time : An Illustrated History of St. Simons Island, Georgia
Capturing the history and beauty of a key destination in the land of the Golden Isles… Eighty miles south of Savannah lies St. Simons Island, one of the most beloved seaside destinations in Georgia and home to some twenty thousand year-round residents. In Island Time, Jingle Davis and Benjamin Galland offer a fascinating history and stunning visual celebration of this coastal community. Prehistoric people established some of North America’s first permanent settlements on St. Simons, leaving three giant shell rings as evidence of their occupation. People from other diverse cultures also left their mark: Mocama and Guale Indians, Spanish friars, pirates and privateers, British soldiers and settlers, German religious refugees, and aristocratic antebellum planters. Enslaved Africans and their descendants forged the unique Gullah Geechee culture that survives today. Davis provides a comprehensive history of St. Simons, connecting its stories to broader historical moments. By Jingle Davis
St. Simons Island, Georgia – Images of America
From the earliest tribes who hunted and fished to the tourists who relaxed on the beaches, St. Simons Island has been part of the landscape of Georgia’s coast. During the latter part of the 1700s, a plantation society thrived on the island until the outbreak of the War Between the States. Never to return to an agricultural community, by 1870 St. Simons re-established itself with the development of a booming timber industry. At the turn of the century, the pleasant climate and proximity to the sea drew tourists to St. Simons as a year-round resort.
The St. Simons Trilogy by Eugenia Price
Lighthouse (First Novel in the St. Simons Trilogy)
A compelling, vibrant saga of conflict, love, and a young man’s search to fulfill his dreams. In this enthralling first novel of the St. Simons Trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Eugenia Price shares the compelling story of James Gould, a young man with a passionate dream. Raised in post-Revolution Granville, Massachusetts, Gould could only imagine the beauty and warmth of lands to the south. It was there that he longed to build bridges and lighthouses from his very own design and plans.
New Moon Rising (The St. Simons Trilogy Book 2)
Second Novel in the St. Simons Trilogy. A rich and riveting tale of love, hardship, and the journey for happiness in the war-torn South. In New Moon Rising, New York Times bestselling author Eugenia Price gives us a story of faith and courage that follows the struggle of James Gould’s son Horace to find his own place in life. Reaching manhood in the tumultuous years before the Civil War, Horace returns to St. Simons and finds himself disheartened by the intolerance on his beloved island. However, he wins the heart of lovely neighbor Deborah Abbott, who adores her “Mr. Gould” and becomes his wife, despite the difference in their years.
The Beloved Invader (The St. Simons Trilogy Book 3)
Third Novel in the St. Simons Trilogy. A timeless tale of one man’s devotion toward the women he loves, the sorrow of lost love, and the beautiful island on which compassion and kindness abound. In this masterful novel by Eugenia Price, a wealthy young northerner, Anson Dodge, discovers new meaning in his life on St. Simons Island, Georgia, just after the Civil War. A man of remarkable and unforgettable kindness and strength, he shares his heart with two very different women—Ellen, who passionately adores him, and Anna, who comforts him in sorrow. They each surrender themselves to his dreams. Anson’s story unfolds as a beautiful tale of honor when he rebuilds the war-torn Christ Church, Frederica, in memory of happy and lost love.
St. Simons Memoir
Eugenia Price invites us into her home and heart in this marvelous memoir of her life on St. Simons Island, the setting of her bestselling trilogy Lighthouse, New Moon Rising, and The Beloved Invader.
Meet Me on St. Simons Island: Timeless Images and Flavorful Recipes from Georgia
St. Simons Island draws people from all around the world with its intriguing history and enchanting beauty. The best of updated classic island recipe selections from nationally acclaimed and best-selling cookbook author Daisy King, as well as St. Simons Island chefs.
Silly Swan Visits St. Simons Island
A children’s guide to St. Simons Island. By Valerie Sandow
Sanctuary on Saint Simons Island
One young family faces the adventure of a lifetime in Sara Elizabeth Smith’s sprawling historical drama, Sanctuary on Saint Simons Island. The year is 1736, and Matthew and Emily Adam decide to move with their two young boys, Richard and William, from London to the wild lands of America. As Matthew and Emily attempt to carve out a new life for themselves in the midst of the Georgian outback, they soon befriend the Johnson family.
Sands of Saint Simons
On Saint Simons Island, at the Georgia coast, was a large pre-Civil War plantation. It was a place and a time when aristocrats ruled the South; slaves where bought and sold but not their souls. A time when the wealthy sustained their position-their property and fortunes-over the sweat of their black slaves. Onto this plantation was born a young child who would eventually grow up to rule over these same slaves. Using Gullah Dialect to capture the era’s Savannah spirit, author D.H. Caldwell has produced a historical romance that will take readers back to a remarkable, yet unsettled time in our history.
Saint Simon’s Island Cooks
Saint Simon’s Island Cooks features recipes from some of the best local restaurants and eateries on Saint Simon’s Island along with some of the local scenery that inspired the cuisine. The featured recipes, each with their own style, are representative of the feel of the island. By Leslie Delaney.