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"St. Marys Gateway to Cumberland Island"


St. Marys Gateway to Cumberland Island - 8/31/2007
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Janet
St. Marys, GA

ST MARYS, GA - GATEWAY TO CUMBERLAND ISLAND
Step back to yesteryear and visit a quaint and historic waterfront village. St. Marys is steeped in history beginning with the native Guale Indians and the Spanish who settled here in the 1500s. In 1787, an English-speaking colony began in St. Marys. Homes, B&Bs, churches, and attractions dating back as early as 1801 are still standing.
St. Marys has three historic museums, which include the St. Marys Submarine Museum, Orange Hall, and the Forgotten Invasion / Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. St. Marys is home to many antique and other unique shops. Among its many fine dining choices are great restaurants featuring seafood, ethnic, and down-home southern cooking. Beautiful bed and breakfast inns and three wonderful hotels offer great accommodations to fit everyone's budget.
St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore. The ferryboat carries day visitors and overnight campers and their gear from St. Marys to Cumberland Island to see wild horses, loggerhead turtles, over 300 species of birds, the Carnegie mansions, and the ruins of Dungeness. Cumberland Island's 16 miles of unspoiled beach has been chosen by the T ravel Channel as the best wilderness beach in the USA. Coastal Living Magazine chose Cumberland Island as the seventh best shelling beach. The late JFK, Jr., held his wedding reception at the world-renowned Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island National Seashore. Camping and bike rentals are available at the National Seashore.
For travel arrangements and more detailed information on St. Marys and Cumberland Island, please call 800-868-8687 or visit the website www.stmaryswelcome.com which includes a 20-minute video, or stop by the Welcome Center located next to the St. Marys City Hall. St. Marys is three miles from the Georgia-Florida state line, eight miles east from Exit 3 on I-95. St. Marys is only 20 minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport.
You owe it to yourself to visit St. Marys and add it to your list of favorite destination choices. www.stmaryswelcome.com

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stephen
Saint Marys, GA

sleepy historic town - 12/30/2013

Saint Marys is a small, old-south type of place just north of Jacksonville, FL. It's economy was formerly based upon paper production but with the closing of the mill several years ago, the area has become largely a haven for retirees looking for a great, quiet place to live and play golf. The economy is now linked to Kings Bay Naval Base which is thriving. There has been a great deal of speculation in 2013 about two major projects moving to the greater area, a major "water theme park" and a space port for private space exploration.

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Alexandra
St. Marys, GA

Information that is accurate - 5/27/2009

Visit www.stmaryswelcome.com Often these sites are misleading, but this one actually portrays the town and area as it truly is and provides helpful links.

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Alexandra
St. Marys, GA

St. Marys, Georgia - 5/26/2009

I moved to St. Marys four years ago (I am a Canadian and living for one year in Illinois). I have never encountered such natural beauty, friendliness and warmth. This is a world of open arms, endless possibility, magical vistas and the last true vestiges of the legendary “Southern charm”. I wish that I had known of St. Marys when raising my children – for that matter I wish that I had been raised here myself! One of the best ways to “taste the flavor” of this city is to visit www.stmarysmagazine.com.

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Alex
St. Marys, GA

A Small Corner of Heaven - 6/24/2008

Having come to St Marys from Canada, I was unsure as to how I would adjust to the cultural differences that I anticipated. What I have found is an extraordinary town of generous and welcoming people within an environment that is, quite simply, breathtaking. The quiet harbor, endless marsh vistas, charming historic streets and magical Live Oaks create a fitting setting for people of inordinate charm, devotion to their community and love for their families. As the gateway to Cumberland Island - a protected wonderland of pristine doons, old growth forest, wild horses and picturesque ruins - St Marys is, indeed, the "jewel of the Deep South".

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Janet
St. Marys, GA

St. Marys Gateway to Cumberland Island - 8/31/2007

ST MARYS, GA - GATEWAY TO CUMBERLAND ISLAND Step back to yesteryear and visit a quaint and historic waterfront village. St. Marys is steeped in history beginning with the native Guale Indians and the Spanish who settled here in the 1500s. In 1787, an English-speaking colony began in St. Marys. Homes, B&Bs, churches, and attractions dating back as early as 1801 are still standing. St. Marys has three historic museums, which include the St. Marys Submarine Museum, Orange Hall, and the Forgotten Invasion / Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. St. Marys is home to many antique and other unique shops. Among its many fine dining choices are great restaurants featuring seafood, ethnic, and down-home southern cooking. Beautiful bed and breakfast inns and three wonderful hotels offer great accommodations to fit everyone's budget. St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore. The ferryboat carries day visitors and overnight campers and their gear from St. Marys to Cumberland Island to see wild horses, loggerhead turtles, over 300 species of birds, the Carnegie mansions, and the ruins of Dungeness. Cumberland Island's 16 miles of unspoiled beach has been chosen by the T ravel Channel as the best wilderness beach in the USA. Coastal Living Magazine chose Cumberland Island as the seventh best shelling beach. The late JFK, Jr., held his wedding reception at the world-renowned Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island National Seashore. Camping and bike rentals are available at the National Seashore. For travel arrangements and more detailed information on St. Marys and Cumberland Island, please call 800-868-8687 or visit the website www.stmaryswelcome.com which includes a 20-minute video, or stop by the Welcome Center located next to the St. Marys City Hall. St. Marys is three miles from the Georgia-Florida state line, eight miles east from Exit 3 on I-95. St. Marys is only 20 minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport. You owe it to yourself to visit St. Marys and add it to your list of favorite destination choices. www.stmaryswelcome.com

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Janet
St. Marys, GA

St. Marys Gateway to Cumberland Island - 8/31/2007

ST MARYS, GA - GATEWAY TO CUMBERLAND ISLAND Step back to yesteryear and visit a quaint and historic waterfront village. St. Marys is steeped in history beginning with the native Guale Indians and the Spanish who settled here in the 1500s. In 1787, an English-speaking colony began in St. Marys. Homes, B&Bs, churches, and attractions dating back as early as 1801 are still standing. St. Marys has three historic museums, which include the St. Marys Submarine Museum, Orange Hall, and the Forgotten Invasion / Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. St. Marys is home to many antique and other unique shops. Among its many fine dining choices are great restaurants featuring seafood, ethnic, and down-home southern cooking. Beautiful bed and breakfast inns and three wonderful hotels offer great accommodations to fit everyone's budget. St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore. The ferryboat carries day visitors and overnight campers and their gear from St. Marys to Cumberland Island to see wild horses, loggerhead turtles, over 300 species of birds, the Carnegie mansions, and the ruins of Dungeness. Cumberland Island's 16 miles of unspoiled beach has been chosen by the T ravel Channel as the best wilderness beach in the USA. Coastal Living Magazine chose Cumberland Island as the seventh best shelling beach. The late JFK, Jr., held his wedding reception at the world-renowned Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island National Seashore. Camping and bike rentals are available at the National Seashore. For travel arrangements and more detailed information on St. Marys and Cumberland Island, please call 800-868-8687 or visit the website www.stmaryswelcome.com which includes a 20-minute video, or stop by the Welcome Center located next to the St. Marys City Hall. St. Marys is three miles from the Georgia-Florida state line, eight miles east from Exit 3 on I-95. St. Marys is only 20 minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport. You owe it to yourself to visit St. Marys and add it to your list of favorite destination choices. www.stmaryswelcome.com

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Bob
St. Marys, GA

Cost of living as related to housing - 7/23/2006

St. Marys, Georgia is a quaint little town just 3 miles north of the Florida border by Jacksonville. Until 3 years ago housing prices were actually below the national norm with prices betweeen $70,000 and $130,000 for most houses. The reason for that is there is virtually nothing here. The 2 biggest employers are the Navy, which has a submarine base; and which recently had 5 of the 10 submarines transfer out of area, and the board of education for the county. Now the county is experiencing "real estate madness" as housing prices have now doubled or more in the last 3 years without any apparent huge influx of people to justify the prices. Some people do live here and work in Jacksonville, Florida and supposedly we are experiencing an influx of retirees although why you would retire here and pay full taxes on your income (Georgia is not tax friendly) vice living down the road 5 miles in Florida which has no income taxes is beyond me. Anyhow, if you plan on living here good luck on getting a job paying more that $40,000 unless you get an engineering job or a production job on the base. It would be hard to live here with that salary in light of current housing prices. If you plan on retiring here, I would seriously look at the wisdom of living here vice moving down the road several miles to Florida which has no income tax. St. Marys is a small community with only a walmart and the associated shopping center to accomodate your shopping needs. There is no mall here. Also, bugs are especially bad here due to the heat and swamp. On the up side traffic is not an issue, crime is low, and the public schools are phenomenal.

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