MEDIA ALERT: Celebrate the 275th anniversary of Isle of Hope

Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebration of Isle of Hope’s 275th Year Anniversary which observes the history of the island and development of the community. Food will be served at the Baptist Church and other concessions. Food options include hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, etc.  There will also be a bake sale.

Georgia’s Isle of Hope Historic District

Parade – begins at 10:30 a.m. on Bluff Drive

Decorated golf carts
Police on horseback
Army Band and Color Guard
Re-enactors from colonial Wormsloe Plantation
Fire Truck
Antique cars from time of races
Boy and Girl Scouts
Small Floats
Elected Officials

Art Show at the Isle of Hope Pavilion presents Local artists presenting their varied art work.  The show will open at 10 AM

Museum will be located in the St. Thomas Episcopal Church and contains photos and paraphernalia from Isle of Hope’s history and Barbee Pavilion memorabilia.  Older Isle of Hope residents will be talking about their experiences while living on the island

Historical Video will be shown in the Methodist Church Social Hall

Speakers – Stage will open at 11:30
Congressman Jack Kingston
Georgia Representative Ben Watson
State Senator Buddy Carter
Chatham County Council Woman  Helen Stone

Children’s Events
Park Swings
Face Painting
Bean Bag Toss
Isle of Hope coloring book – free gift to children
Wormsloe Re-enactors camp site for children and adults

Entertainment on Bluff
Craft Vendors – caning, pottery, basket making, quilting,etc.
Performance by Crabettes
Walking tours of the Bluff and historic areas
Roy and the Circuit Breakers
Junkyard Angel
The Train Wrecks

First settled in 1736 by Noble Jones, John Fallowfield, and Henry Parker, the area was recognized as an important defensive outpost on the young colony’s inland waterway south from Savannah. Noble Jones’s Wormsloe Plantation was the site of a fort that defended Savannah from Spanish attack until 1742. The area was fortified during the Civil War, but saw little action. After the Civil War, Isle of Hope became a popular resort community. Where the river met the railroad was Barbee’s Pavilion, which became world renowned in the 1920s. The Isle of Hope Methodist Church was built in 1859 and was used as a Confederate hospital during the Union occupation of the area in 1864. Carvings were made in the pews by patients and the historic cemetery holds the graves of 33 Confederates mainly from Effingham County. Historic Wormsloe Plantation, Bethesda Orphanage, the oldest still-operating in America, and the Isle of Hope Marina are located on or near Isle of Hope.

Mary Flanders at (912) 355-6951 or

Media Contact
Marjorie Young 912.844.9990

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