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    Cumberland Island

    National Seashore Georgia

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Bakc view of Dungeness ruins

Rear View of Dungeness Ruins.

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Dungeness Ruins

Revolutionary War Hero General Nathanael Greene purchased land on Cumberland Island in 1783. Following his death, his widow Catherine Greene, constructed a four-story tabby home that she named Dungeness. Thomas Carnegie and his wife Lucy began building another Dungeness on the original foundation in 1884. The Carnegie's Dungeness burned in 1959 and today only the ruins remain on the site.
Dungeness Mansion
Dungeness Mansion circa 1950
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Plum Orchard Mansion

Built in 1898, Plum Orchard is an 20,000 square foot, Georgian Revival mansion. Built by Lucy Carnegie for her son, George and his wife, Margaret Thaw. It is almost 8 miles from the Sea Camp dock to visit Plum Orchard. Plum Orchard is open when volunteer caretakers are on site and as a stop on the Lands and Legacies tour. Be sure to ask at the Sea Camp Ranger Station for more information.
 
Plum Orchard Mansion
Plum Orchard Mansion
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First African Baptist Church in the Settlement

First African Baptist Church in the Settlement

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First African Baptist Church in the Settlement

Located approximately 17 miles from the Sea Camp Dock, visitors can visit the First African Baptist Church. During the 1890’s, the Settlement was established for African American workers. The First African Baptist Church was established in 1893 and then rebuilt in the 1930’s. It was the site of the September 1996 wedding of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette.
 
Interior of First African Baptist Church
Interior of the First African Baptist Church
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Did You Know?

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Each summer Cumberland Island National Seashore participates in the Youth Conservation Corps program. This program is designed to promote environmental awareness and management of our natural resources. The participants are selected from local high school students between the ages of 15 and 18. More...