The icy swim meet on Jan 1st of each year is often called “The Polar Plunge”. It is often thought that this event means that if you survive the icy waters that you can meet any challenge that comes your way in the New Year.
The early 1870’s saw a manifestation of the American coastal resort movement. The only way to Tybee in those days was via daily steamship service.
How are you spending your Thanksgiving this year? Is it with family and friends or just you and your spouse?
Fort Screven today is known to us as a location where some of our favorite rentals are located. However, it has some pretty interesting history behind it!
Fort Screven got its name after Brig. Gen, James Screven, who is considered a hero of the American Revolution. Fort Screven was the last coastal fort to be built in Georgia! Many parts of Fort Screven are still standing today and can be seen. Battery Garland, which now is the home to the Tybee Island Museum is a popular tourist attraction!
Back in 1733, when James Oglethorpe founded Georgia, he realized that the North end of Tybee island would be a big value to the military. This is where they were able to guard the mouth of the Savannah River until the end of World War II. In 1786, Georgia Legislature authorized the building of a fort on Tybee Island, however the fort that was approved never actually got built. They ended up building a Martello Tower (a small round fort) around 1815. This fort was built from “tabby” – a concrete made of shell, sand, lime, and water. This stood through the War Between the States where it fell to disrepair.
Both Union and Confederate troops would occupy Fort Screven between 1861 and 1865. Heavy firing from earthwork gun batteries on the north end of Tybee Island breached Fort Pulaski in 1862, signaling the end of the masonry costal fortifications.
During President Cleveland’s administration, Secretary of War, William C. Endicott had ideas for the basis that became the Endicott System – a string of coastal defense that were built to protect most of America’s important port cities. This system called for multiple batteries to be built and spaced out at the entrances to important harbors. This was built a little better than the Martello Tower as they now had the latest heavy artillery and was built from concrete and steel, as well as sand and beach plants. This made it also invisible from the sea.
By this time, there was a threat of the war with Spain. In 1896, they began work on what locals called Fort Tybee. The first military was called Camp Graham, but soon changed to Fort Screven. This became an important military post of the Spanish American War in 1898, however most of the batteries were not complete at this time. The Spanish never had a threat on Savannah and the fort never came under fire.
Fort Screven ended up having seven batteries. Six of which were located on Tybee Island, and the seventh, Battery Hambright, near Fort Pulaski. The only two that are open to the public are Battery Garland, that houses the Tybee Island Museum, and Battery Hambright. The others can be seen from the street but are not available to the public. The museum is open daily (except on Tuesdays) from 9:30am to 5:30 pm. The last tickets are sold at 4:30pm and can be purchased at The Tybee Island Lighthouse, which is located across the street!
PS. Check out some of our rentals in the Historic Fort Screven district here – Tybee Sunrise , #20 Oceanview Court, Almost Heaven Ocean Queen, and Ocean Paradise!
Vacation is a time to spoil yourself and try new things! After all…these people will never see you again, right?
Tybee Island is full of options for first time experiences! Every one of our Oceanfront Cottage Rentals rental homes will leave you feeling spoiled!
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Check out these 4 Tybee rentals that will keep you wanting to come back for more.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
There are so many romantic spots on Tybee Island to celebrate with your beloved. The sea has been inspiration for love and romance as far back as we can remember. Tybee’s expansive shoreline offers couples the opportunity to walk along the beach, hand in hand, for miles… a pastime that has always been revered in the world of romance.
Tybee Island offers a magical backdrop for falling in love. Take for example my parents: Their first date was a walk along the beach at sunset, my Dad proposed on top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse, and they were married on North Beach. Tybee’s ambience offers ample opportunities to spark romantic moments.
This Valentine’s Day, take your partner to watch the sunrise on the main pier, walk along the beach, rest on a beach swing, have a romantic dinner at a local restaurant, and end the day watching the sunset at the back river.
Romantic Getaways at Oceanfront Cottage Rentals
Our accommodations offer several luxurious and romantic features, so that you won’t even need to leave the property to invoke a little romance. Here are some of our favorite places to relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones:
Even if you’re not coupled, we think all types of love should be honored on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy these spots for a peaceful moment of solitude or with a friend!
During the month of February, we are offering a special: Buy 2 nights, get the 3rd FREE! There’s still time to plan a romantic getaway on Tybee, call us at 800-786-5889 to book one of our beautiful homes today.
…to end 2017!
2017 is almost over… can you believe it? It certainly flew by! Despite the setbacks caused by Hurricane Irma, business on Tybee Island has been booming. More and more people are discovering our little paradise.
We are moving into a new era of travel where technology and social media reign. Gone are the days of the postcard… hello Instagram!
Let’s be real, we live in the “age of selfies”. Solo travelers are on the rise and they love to share their adventures with friends and family.
OFC blogger, Julianna, did some research and exploration on Tybee Island. We thought it would be fun to feature “Tybee’s Top 7 Selfie Spots”. Here is what we found…
DISCLAIMER: These were all taken WITHOUT a selfie stick! #skills
Giant Shark Mouth
Tybee Island Lighthouse
The Welcome Sign
The Anchor on the Bend of Hwy 80
The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel
Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion
We hope this gives you some inspiration for your next “selfie odyssey” on Tybee!
As we move into 2018, we want to thank everyone for an amazing 2017. We so appreciate all of our guests!
Please give us a call at 800-786-5889 to take advantage of our holiday specials and gift certificates. What could be a better Christmas gift than a Tybee Island vacation? We can’t think of anything better! Happy Holidays, friends!
Article, photos and videos straight from the boat of Stacye Jarrell, owner of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals
Lannie and I enjoy boating around Tybee. We are fortunate to live on Tybee Creek where our dock and boat are located. Lannie restored an older Boston Whaler and we just love taking it out to see what we can discover.
When the opportunity presents, we spend our free time exploring Little Tybee. I want to share with you all some footage of us enjoying the beauty of our area.
We passed by AJ’s Dockside Restaurant and headed over to Myrtle Island, one of the 18 islands that make up “Little Tybee.” The first video is a great place to fish because of the giant, dead trees that are in the water as a result of a campfire that burned the area several years ago.
Video of Little Tybee Island
Later, we headed off to see Buck Hammock and then came back to the south bank of Tybee Creek. The oyster rakes are beautiful and a great structure to fish. We enjoyed looking at the homes at Spanish Hammock, and our ride ended with a beautiful sunset.
If you have ever tried to capture the beauty of dolphins jumping, you know how hard it is! One time we were lucky enough to capture a video of dolphins frolicking in Mosquito Ditch as we were cutting through Tybee Creek heading for a deserted beach on the Atlantic. That was another spectacular sunset evening.
Video of Dolphins from Stacye & Lannie’s boat
Here is a fun video of our friend, Mac Kitchens, on his motorized stand up board on Tybee Creek.
Video of motorized stand up paddle board
Another day, we were on the sandbar that extends from the southern tip of Tybee overlooking Little Tybee, when a motorized parasailer flew by. That was a neat experience!
When you are walking along the southernmost tip of Tybee, you can see Little Tybee Island. The term Tybee Creek is interchangeable with “Back River” by the locals. They are one and the same, so don’t get confused.
It is a joy to share the same love of boating and exploration of nature with your best friend and husband. Thank you sweetheart for the ride!
Tybee Trips with Pets
Although Tybee Island does not allow pets on its beach, there are still plenty of good reasons to bring along your furry friends. There’s no reason to leave them behind, batting their sad puppy eyes, when we here at OFC have several pet-friendly properties. There are areas on and near the island where they can play and enjoy time off with their family. After all, it’s not a family vacation if you’re missing your canine companions!
Dog friendly areas
Little Tybee Island, ironically, is over 2x the size of Tybee Island and it is totally uninhabited. Dogs are allowed to roam the beaches of Little Tybee, the only stipulation being that you leave the pristine beaches as clean as you found them. Little Tybee is only accessible by boat. If you can’t fit your dog in a kayak or on a paddleboard, there are several boat charter options on the island.
Tybee Island has two dog parks, one for dogs under 20 lbs and one for dogs over 20 lbs. The parks are located on the north end of the island near the police station. It is important to make sure your dogs have a place to expend their energy – but again, if seen on Tybee’s beach, there is a hefty fine. These dog parks offer an excellent alternative!
Things to keep in mind
- Always clean up after your dog to help keep Tybee tidy
- The City of Tybee reserves the right to break a car window if animal cruelty is spotted by leaving a dog in the car
- Dogs must be on a leash in all public areas
Pet friendly properties
We offer several pet friendly properties with very reasonable pet fees. It is a one time fee of $95, or $65 each for two dogs. Here are just a few of our beautiful pet friendly homes:
We look forward to having you and your pets stay with us soon!
*Note: Some of our properties only allow dogs that are 25 lbs and under. Please ask about weight limitations when reserving a property!
5 reasons why you should spend your 2017 Labor Day on Tybee Island! Here are the upcoming events!
The Swingin’ Medallions! Who doesn’t love FREE live entertainment? This year the Swinging Medallions will perform on Sunday September 3rd from 7-10:30pm. We recommend you grab your favorite weekend beverage and head to the pier to check out this infamous band. They are known for their covers of classic beach music from the Beach Boys and many more!
Tybee Island Fireworks! Tybee Island will have a Firework display unlike any place in the world on Sunday! This Firework display will take place over the ocean with the summer stars in the background. We promise you will never forget this holiday spectacle!
BACON FEST! September 1-4th is Savannah’s Bacon Fest on River Street. Know any Bacon lovers? Take the short 15-minute trip to Savannah for all that is Bacon!
Beach Weather! The Sand in between your toes! Warm weather and warm water equal the perfect beach day!
BYE BYE SUMMER! Unfortunately, for most people, Labor Day weekend is the last big blow out of the summer. (Disclaimer: Not for us native Tybee folks!) Celebrate this weekend with family and friends in a luxury Oceanfront Cottage Vacation Rental. BOOK EARLY because we will book solid for that weekend!