From 1760, until the outbreak of the War Between the States, cotton and rice plantations flourished in this area. The Sea Island cotton grown here became famous the world over for its outstanding quality. One of the most prosperous plantations named, Retreat, was located on the southern tip of St. Simons Island. Anna Page King, who had inherited the land in 1826, planted the famous Avenue of Oaks that highlights the entrance to the sea island golf club. It is said that Anna grew such a perfuse abundance of flowers at Retreat that sailors nearing St. Simon's Island could smell the flowers fragrance before they saw the Island shores. Visitors may view the Avenue of Oaks by driving towards the lodge at Sea Island Golf Club and circling back.
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