Welcome to Sapelo Island


Around 50 locals live in the village of Hog Hammock; most are descendants of enslaved Africans who worked the island's plantations in the 18th and 19th centuries. These descendants are known as Geechee or Gullah-Geechee, a nod to the cultural ties they share with the Gullah in neighboring South Carolina.

Visitors to Sapelo must arrive on prearranged tours or be guests of Sapelo Island residents (the latter includes staying in an island hotel or guesthouse).


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