The park's museum is located on Osborne Street in downtown St Marys and is staffed by volunteers. When staffing permits, it is open Wednesday through Sunday 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer for Cumberland Island National Seashore, you can read more about our program here.
Painting by Martin Pate, NPS Photo
Agricultural (Plantation Era)
The Gilded Age
A Conservator of Furniture/Wood Objects from Harpers Ferry, Al Levitan , is transforming one of the historic carriages. The Victoria carriage is getting a facelift as layers of old deteriorated coatings are removed to reveal its original beauty. This type of carriage originated in England in the 1820's. Named for England's queen, it became popular as a luxurious park carriage since the open sides allowed the ladies to display their finery during afternoon drives in the park. Although Lucy Carnegie had a carriage similar to this one, the newly-revealed monogram LWC indicates it may have been owned by Lucy Whitfield Carnegie, Andrew Carnegie's wife.
Other carriages on display at the Cumberland Island Museum in St. Marys include:
Glens Falls Buckboard Surrey, c 1900
Piano box (under reconstruction)
Did You Know?
The War of 1812 ended when the Treaty of Ghent was signed December 1814, but Gen. George Cockburn occupied Cumberland Island from Jan-March 1815 offering freedom to 1,500 enslaved African Americans who escape to Cumberland Island.