The Settlement on Cumberland Island
Cumberland Island, St Marys, GA 31558
A stroll back in time to a former slave settlement.
Explore history on an astonishingly beautiful island.
Located on the north part of the island, The Settlement is an area that was settled by former slaves in the late 19th Century. The tiny First African Church was made famous as the site of the wedding of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. There are a few other older buildings there as well (one with public bathrooms). We leisurely cycled on beach cruisers all the way there, picnicked at one of the several picnic tables there, and cycled back, stopping at Plum Orchard on the way home.
Altogether it was about 30 miles of cycling, primarily on the main road, but it gave us a sense of the diversity and size of the island. You’ll cross over several marshes and pass a few hiking trails. It is definitely the best way to get there - it’s 13 miles from Greyfield, but doable in one day.