This small settlement near the southern end of Sapelo Island is one of the few remaining Gullah/Geechee communities on the south Atlantic Coast. The Saltwater Geechee people, Georgia's sea-island equivalent to the Gullah of South Carolina, are descendants of slaves who worked the island's plantations during the 19th century. Hog Hammock's roughly 50 residents still maintain their distinct language and customs, which share many characteristics with their West African origins.
The Spirit of Sapelo Tours. These private, guided bus tours are led by an island native who discusses island life, culture, and history. The tour, led by longtime Sapelo locals, spans approximately three hours and visits the best of Sapelo's beaches, ruins, and historic Hog Hammock community. 912/485–2170. www.gacoast.com/geecheetours.html.
Sapelo Cultural Day. This celebration of
Geechee folklore, music, food, handcrafts, and art, takes place in Hog Hammock every year on the third weekend in October. Activities include tours of historic attractions on the island and cultural displays such as sweetgrass basket weaving, ring shouts, traditional slave songs, and African heritage dancing. Reservations are required. 912/485–2197. www.sapeloislandga.org.
Sapelo Island, Georgia, United States