Tour Stops on the 2014 Tour of Homes
Tour Stop #1 --
ST. IGNATIUS CHURCH
ST. IGNATIUS CHURCH
2906 Demere Road
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Kings Lane, St. Simons Island
Tour Stop #2 --
Nestled under the grand oaks bordering hole #5 of Sea island's
Plantation golf course, this Telluride, Colorado inspired home exudes a
casual outdoor lifestyle. Designed by Chad Goering and built by Brad
Brumbach, the open floor plan in the great room has two notable focal
points: A twenty-seven foot ceiling accented by a six-foot iron
chandelier, hand forged by local artisan, Steve Schoettle, and
"Beauregard", a prized trophy elk, bagged by the homeowner. This beauty
adorns the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.
The beams throughout are heart pine and the floors are antique white
oak. Years of living casually in the mountains of Telluride inspired the
openness of this floor plan. All of the active living spaces face the
golf course and the St Simons sound in the distance, drawing guests
through the expansive glass doors to the outdoors beyond.
Come, step outside and enjoy the shade of the oaks and the gentle breeze
off the sound.
Tour Stop #3 --
Beachview - St. Simons
Tucked onto a double corner lot across from the St. Simons lighthouse,
this charmer has every option included for complete relaxation and
enjoyment. Robert Ussery designed the main house and Thad Truett
designed the pool house, pool and fence. Built by Sea Oaks, Inc., it
incorporates many features for comfort and practicality as well as
quality construction throughout.
It includes all of the amenities of a luxury home today with a
complimentary nod to past architectural designs. With porches on each
level to catch ocean breezes, it has the elements of a Charleston, SC
“single” house. The design also has details of the lighthouse keeper’s
cottage across the street and blends well into this vintage section of
St. Simons. The communal level has a comfortable sitting area adjacent
to a nautical themed kitchen. The neutral tones with touches of shades
of blue make for a stress free environment. A guest room and bath
complete this level.
The next level offers two additional bedrooms and baths with a sitting
area for reading, television watching, or good conversation. The third
level is a complete master suite – a perfect hideaway to relax and chill
out. Not to be missed is a rooftop getaway complete with a fire pit,
comfortable seating and unbelievable views. Right at treetop level, this
retreat is a perfect spot to welcome the sunrise or toast the sunset.
Underneath all of the above is a fabulous outdoor kitchen which is a
perfect spot for entertaining and cooking out. A low maintenance yard,
surrounded by a cedar and tabby fence, shuts out the rest of the world
for perfect privacy and relaxation. An in-ground pool connects the main
house to a “party house” where a player piano keeps the ivories tinkling
for another spot to enjoy some lovely Island views.
Not to be outdone, the party house also has a rooftop spot to enjoy the
sights of St. Simons Sound as well as an outdoor shower tucked out of
sight at ground level. With ample garage parking, this home has it all –
very well planned with every comfort for easy living!!!
Tour Stop #4 --
East Beach - St. Simons Island
gem in a vintage East Beach cottage has all of the ingredients for easy
beach living. Called “Little Sandcastle” by its owners, it was totally
gutted by Pipe Construction and decorated by Elizabeth Smith Interiors.
It has been transformed on the inside to an open, bright house while
keeping its outside vintage charms. So many clever ideas for
expanding the available space have been incorporated that the house
feels much bigger than it is. Nestled at the almost end of East
Beach, its fenced entry garden leads the visitor to a wonderful porch
where a swing and comfortable chairs give the first clue of what is to
come. With a tabby background on the exterior walls and pale
turquoise shutters to set the main color choice, splashes of oranges in
fabrics play off the high gloss white used on walls and fabrics
throughout the house. Even the bicycles are orange and turquoise
to carry out the color scheme!
An open living area flows to a
dining space where family style dining and entertaining can take on
small or large groups. A well planned kitchen has all the
elements for conversation with the cook or lending a helping hand. A
backsplash of blues and greens in glass tile provide color as well as
an easy maintenance surface. On the left of the living room is a
study that can double as extra guest quarters with a full bath to
serve the downstairs. The master bedroom continues on this side
of the house with its own privacy and comfort. The master bath
has glass bubbles set in the tile. A cleverly planned laundry
room can be disguised from its real purpose or quickly transformed
into a convenient space for the necessities of running a home.
A private porch is a perfect
hideaway to read and enjoy a gentle breeze as well as a quick way back
to the front or rear of the house. An inviting pool and deck are
convenient for a quick dip or a leisurely nap on vintage chaise
lounges placed around the pool deck. A pair of mermaid light
fixtures, original to the house, is on the porch leading to the pool
from the kitchen. A delightful guest house and bath provide wonderful
accommodations for extra company or can do double duty as a pool
house. Shiplap siding inside the guest house and main house give
a crisp, clean, but casual backdrop for artwork or displays. The
gutted attic upstairs provides additional space for two guest rooms
and bath. A sundeck over the front porch can be accessed from
the front attic guest bedroom or from a circular stair on the outside
which allows its access for other occupants.
A coveted view of Gould’s inlet
is the prize. This little treasure lives large in its
transformation. Sometimes the best things come in small
Tour Stop #5 --
Completed in 2013 and built on an
old, but expanded footprint is this Mizner style, Mediterranean
architecture cottage--popular in the early days of Sea Island and
reflected again today in the nearby Cloister Hotel. The owners,
together with architect Thad Truett and builder Clif Pease,
collaborated on an elegant beach house with nods to the old and
embracing the new. Two vintage sculpted oaks form a perfect
canopy to welcome guests to the front door. A path composed of
brick-bordered fossilized stone leads to a sturdy front door and entry
into the house.
Chiseled limestone floors,
textured plaster walls, and magnificent corbelled beams dominate the
interior space. Vintage wood timbers on ceilings throughout the house
were recycled from a late 19th Century factory in Virginia.
From the entry, downward steps lead to two separate hallways leading
to bedroom suites--with the master suite to the right. The
master bedroom has vintage chamfered pine beams on the ceiling and
hickory floors, both an appealing contrast to the bright, white walls.
A view through the French doors of the covered east loggia and pool
garden provides a soothing venue for relaxation and de-stressing.
Across the hallway is the entrance to a private guest suite, with a
separate door leading to the west loggia and manicured gardens shaded
by a sculpted oak tree. Upstairs an office and a vaulted ceiling media
room, from which a corner, cantilevered balcony gives a beach view,
provide a private retreat for business and fun.
Returning to the center entry, an
arched doorway leads into a handsome two story salon which is the main
living area of the home. Overlooking the salon, at each end, are
two “Princess” balconies with hand wrought iron railings; both
visually connect the upstairs wings of the house. Sculpted
archways provide definition and architectural interest above the
fireplace and frame the French doors leading to the garden loggia and
pool area. A lovely basket-weave design in the east loggia’s
brick floor gives a pleasing texture. Stacked tile on top of a
solid wall surrounds the pool garden. The front garden entrance
door is one saved from the original house and the copper roof pergola
provides a shady retreat for swimmers and sun-worshippers. The
exterior of the home is textured stucco with dark timbers on the
second floor providing a “Tudor” effect; a stacked, terra cotta tile
roof complete the Mediterranean look.
Returning to the inside and at
the far end of the salon, past the dining room, are several archways.
Turning right leads into the kitchen. Bricks adorn the
backsplash and a custom, seeded glass window provides a filtered view
of the dining room. Turning left leads to the back foyer and on
to the “beach” room essential for cleaning sandy feet--and where
towels can be laundered--before entering. A pool bath doubles
for extra guests as well. Upstairs hosts a generous media area
and two additional bedroom suites for a separate private retreat. Be
sure to look for the antique clawfoot tub in the back bath--it was
saved from the original house.
Throughout the house are cypress
doors constructed locally. Windows in the house were imported from
Italy and can be tilted to catch breezes. Antique iron sconces,
vintage gas-to-electric chandeliers, fabulous salvaged wood beams
juxtaposed with textured plaster walls all combine to complement each
other and exude quality and craftsmanship at every turn.
This house is a sensory delight!
Tour Stop #6 --
This beach front cottage, designed by Jim Sutton and decorated by Elizabeth
Smith Interiors, is a feast for the eyes at every turn. It is
reminiscent of a “Showcase” home where every room is unique and original –
although a distinct beach/tropical theme comes through in colors used and
objets d’art seen throughout. It also has elements of a Southern
plantation home with its wide, surround porches upstairs and down, and views
essentially from every aperture.
The entry hall with its heart pine
floors leads into the spacious living room with a breathtaking vista of open
ground to the ocean, dotted only by stately pines. A pool recreation
area is tucked around to the right. Shades of blues and greens can be
seen throughout the interior: Lush fabrics, custom designed rugs;
Delft tiles around the fireplace - all help to convey the beach theme.
The adjacent kitchen is open and inviting – definitely a welcoming place –
with its cottage style cabinets and painted octagon shaped bead-board
ceiling above the table. A wonderful shell chandelier completes the picture.
The dining room has an Oscar de la
Renta design 84” round table with unique removable leaves. A
collection of antique Majolica oyster plates and jardinière are
eye-catching. A beaded chandelier and sconces repeat the blue and
green color theme. Two lovely guest bedrooms complete the downstairs.
A stately, wide staircase leads upstairs where there are three additional
bedrooms, each with its own theme – from Hawaiian surfing and carved pelican
bedsteads to a very pink bedroom with flamingo touches and a canopied
sitting area with antique settee. The master bedroom has a not to miss
magnificent shell mantle, with shells repeated in the fabrics and on
Mottahedeh plates in paired bookshelves. A study with an antique
partner’s desk provides a quiet retreat for reading and reflection.
The owner describes this house as her
“whimsical beach house.” It is that, but also a delight to savor and
Tour Stop #7 -- Sea Island
This traditional styled tabby cottage is full of surprises from the entrance
to the exit. With its front sited at an angle to the street, its first
surprise is a koi pond flowing under the front entry walk. Once inside,
surprises abound. Immediately, the bright light from walls of windows, which
come to a right angle in the living room, reveal the “retro” feel of the Art
Deco era in furnishings and light fixtures. Wonderful, eclectic original art
displays well on the neutral walls and sculptures of metal and crystal adorn
chests and tables. A tabby tile floor provides the perfect background for
muted Oriental rugs placed throughout the house.
A master suite to the right has all the comforts one could want in a private
wing of the home. To the left is a dining area with a round table for great
conversation, also with two of its walls comprised of windows. A convenient
bar at the corner has all the accoutrements for making tasty libations. A
wine cabinet is cleverly tucked into the wall adjacent to the bar.
bedrooms and baths complete this part of the house.
A latticed covered lanai skirts around the entire back of the house and
gives pleasing views to the rooms of the interior. A hearty wisteria vine
intertwines on the top to give shade, but not obscurity to the deck. A
totally renovated kitchen and family room combination add an upbeat,
comfortable area for informality and relaxation. With the assistance of
Laurie Watson with Mary Bryan Peyer Designs, Inc., this entire area has been
recently renovated to reflect the lifestyle of the owner. A former garden
room with a barrel-shaped ceiling has become a useful butler’s pantry,
complete with a fabulous collection of copper pans.
Tabby walls and a travertine marble floor create appealing opposing
textures. The kitchen has all the elements for the gourmet chef as well as
plenty of room for guests to linger for good conversation and possible taste
tests. Dark beams on a pitched ceiling give a dramatic “wow” to the sitting
area. A wide loggia connects to the refurbished guest suite as well as to
two bonus room areas – one another guest suite and the second a great area
to escape to watch movies or listen to music in quiet comfort. Interesting
elliptical notches from the dormer windows form an unusual design finishing
at a point in the ceiling.
This refreshed and updated home exudes originality and oomph. The guests
might never leave!
Tour Stop #8 --
Musgrove Plantation was built in the 1930’s by Nancy Reynolds Bagley,
daughter of tobacco titan R.J. Reynolds and an heiress to the family
fortune. Musgrove was named after Mary Musgrove, born Cousaponakeesa,
who was half Creek Indian and acclaimed as the Pocahontas and Sacagawea
of the South. Mary Musgrove acted as cultural liaison between colonial
Georgia and her Native American community dating back to the early 18th
Musgrove Plantation boasts nearly 1,000 acres of primarily preserved
natural splendor, including 400 acres of marshland between Brunswick and
St. Simons Island. The six residences were designed in the old
“Low-Country” style. Heavy use of tabby and cypress along with old
Savannah gray brick emphasize the under-stated rustic elegance of the
The Village Creek Cemetery lies on the east side of the property where
only the descendents of slaves are permitted to rest along with their
ancestors. Mrs. Reynolds passed Musgrove Plantation down to Smith
Bagley, her son, and Mr. Bagley was buried at this
historic site upon his passing in January 2010 with special dispensation
Musgrove’s primary use is for conferences on a variety of cultural and
political topics. The conferences began when President Jimmy Carter,
upon election to office, assembled his first full Cabinet meeting at
Musgrove. To date, this is the only time a complete cabinet meeting has
ever been convened outside of Washington, D.C.
Directions: Take Frederica Road north towards the round-about with
Lawrence Road. Just before the round-about, Musgrove Plantation is
on your right at 5720 Frederica Road.
Christ Church Cemetery Tour
Tour Stop #9 --
The Christ Church cemetery predates
the original church building, which was completed in 1820. The earliest
identified grave is circa 1800. The property was deeded to Christ Church
by the state of Georgia in 1808. For many decades, it was the only church
and cemetery on the island, with the exception of private cemeteries on
the plantations. The cemetery contains the remains of Revolutionary War
veterans, politicians, Civil War soldiers, early settlers, entrepreneurs,
plantation owners, former rectors, and nationally recognized authors.
This year, we bring to life our
historic cemetery with a formal tour as one of our stops. At stations
throughout the grounds, re-enactors will tell the stories of some of the
interesting personalities buried there. You will meet Raymond Demere from
the American Revolution; Anna Matilda Page King, mistress of Retreat
Plantation; Rev. and Mrs. Anson Greene Phelps Dodge, rebuilder of the
church; Horace Bunch Gould, 19th century land owner; Howard
Coffin, northern industrialist and Sea Island founder; Eugenia Price,
author of books on St. Simons; Furman Bisher, nationally renowned
columnist; and find why Dr. Hazzard shot Mr. Wylly during the 1830’s.
We are excited to share the history
of our parish, and what better way than to share the stories of members
throughout the centuries.
Tour Stop #10 --
Christ Church and Wesley Memorial Gardens
Christ Church had its beginning when General Oglethorpe came to St.
Simons Island in 1736 to build the fort and town of Frederica.
He brought with the soldiers and settlers, an ordained clergyman of
the Church of England, the Reverend Charles Wesley, in order that the
colony might have the services of the church from its start. The
Board of Trustees ordered a chapel to be built and had three hundred
acres of land set aside for the support of the minister and the
church. It is on some of that land that Christ Church stands
today. In 1884, the remains of the old church were torn down,
and the present building was erected on this site in 1886 by the
Reverend Anson Green Phelps Dodge, Jr., in memory of his first wife,
Ellen Ada Phelps Dodge.
Sunday services are held at Christ Church, Frederica, at 8 am, 9:15
am, and 11:15 am. Weekday evening prayer is held at 5:00 pm
daily and Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 11:30 am on Friday. Consult
the church website at
for more details.
Established in 1986 to commemorate the ministries of John and Charles
Wesley, the Wesley Memorial Gardens offer a calm retreat on Tour Day.
Dedicated in 1988, the two acre garden has as its focal point an
18-foot high Celtic Cross, sculpted from Georgia granite. Gravel
paths wind throughout the natural setting, which has been impeccably
landscaped to showcase some 60 varieties of 4,000 azaleas and other
Directions: Take Frederica
Road north towards the round-about with Lawrence Road. Travel north on
Frederica Road from the round-about. The Church will be on your
left in approximately one mile. The Gardens are across the
street from the Church.