9 Historical Markers to Visit on Tybee Island
Do you want to learn a little more about Tybee Island’s extensive history? Then be sure to visit these nine historical markers while you’re on the island. Each one details a piece of time and puts together the story of this beautiful island on the shores of the Atlantic.
- Battery Hamilton
Find this historical marker on McQueen’s Trail 150 yards south of the parking lot. McQueen’s Trail is located off U.S. 80 just east of Bull River and runs to Fort Pulaski.
- Cockspur Island Lighthouse
Visit this historical marker at the parking area near the Fort Pulaski Visitor Center.
- Federal Batteries on Tybee Island
Positioned soon after driving onto the island, this marker is located on U.S. 80 just east of Lazaretto Creek.
- Fort Pulaski
Fort Pulaski’s historical marker can be found at the park’s entrance, just before the bridge leading to Tybee Island.
- Fort Screven
Located just in front of the Tybee Museum (which is housed in Fort Screven) across from the Tybee Island Light Station.
- John Wesley
Many are unaware that John Wesley first landed on Cockspur Island and preached his first sermon there. The marker detailing this is located in the Fort Pulaski parking lot, since Cockspur Island floods when high tide comes in.
- Tybee Island
This historical marker details Tybee’s military role in the Colonial era and can be found in front of the Tybee Museum.
- Tybee Island Light Station
Learn the early history of Georgia’s oldest lighthouse at the historical marker located in the grassy area of the parking lot between the Tybee Island Light Station and the Tybee Museum.
Tybee Island once served as a quarantine to sick sailors on their way to Savannah. Read about the quarantine building that stood on Tybee at the marker located just off U.S. 80 beside the Welcome to Tybee Island sign.
There you have it! These nine historical markers detail some interesting and obscure facts that will give insight into the early days of Tybee Island. From John Wesley’s first sermon, failed attempts by the French to siege Savannah during the Revolutionary War, the origins of Fort Pulaski and more, each offer a glimpse into the varied past of Savannah’s Beach.