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About Skidaway Island: Its History and Legacy
Skidaway Island was originally inhabited by Indians more than two thousand years ago. During that period, people on the island were self-sufficient and grew corn and other necessities. By the middle eighteenth century, James Oglethorpe ventured into the Georgia territory and founded Savannah. Today, Savannah is located on the Savannah River and Skidaway Island eleven miles south. The English settlers who first came in the area vigorously pushed the native peoples from their homes and the new immigrants established roots on Skidaway Island. Unfortunately, however, with the influx of foreign peoples came disease to which the Indians had not be exposed. This created a pandemic of sorts which killed a significant number of Indians in the Skidaway Island vicinity.
The name Skidaway is not synonymous with anything or anyone. There is still much debate over how the island became known as Skidaway Island. Some claim that the name came from English colonists who tried to pronounce the native form of Skidaway--skeedodaw, skeadoway, and skidowa. Still, others argue that the name Skidaway gained widespread appeal after the sailing term "sheet away". Even more complicating, there is a specific city in England named Skedway on the Chatham River. Whatever the origin, Skidaway Island remains a remote, pristine barrier island in coastal Georgia.
During the Revolutionary War and Civil War eras, Skidaway became home for skirmishes and uprisings. While these wars were taking place, however, little prosperity occurred on the island. By the end of the Civil War and the execution of the Emancipation Proclamation in the South, black freedmen worked with the Benedictine monks--who had long been established on the island of Skidaway--to create a school. During the 1920s when prohibition was at its high point, Skidaway Island was a smuggler's paradise. Because of its remote location and relatively low population, people illegally creating and distributing liqueur were harder to charge and prosecute.
Today stands an amazing and history-rich island. The island where natural beauty can be found almost anywhere in the thousands of square acres of nature and adventure. Three residential communities are situated on the island: The Landings, The Marshes, and Southbridge. In addition to those residential areas, the island also has The Village, four churches, and the Skidaway Island State Park maintained by the Georgia Park Service (the Department of Natural Resources). The island itself is a Census-designated area in Chatham County, Georgia. Its area is roughly 16.4 square miles, and is bordered by the Wilmington River to the north and the Wassaw Sound to the South. The mean elevation of the island is two feet, and county officials believe that there is a very high risk of flooding if a tropical cyclone were to impact the island during times of high tide. The National Weather Service, therefore, issues flash flood watches and warnings with this in mind.
About Our Website
This website provides "insight for and information about Skidaway Island and all that it has to offer you." As a part of this commitment, we provide factual information about Skidaway Island and its beauty, amenities, and communities. The Landings on Skidaway is a residential community, containing well over two thousand homes. In addition, The Landings Club offers golf, tennis, and fitness fitness amenities for all who are members. In addition to The Landings community on the island, the Skidaway Island State Park, the Skidaway Island Village, and the South Harbor and the Marshes of Skidaway Island communities occupy most of the island's total area. We have made the ultimate decision to redesign this website entirely. As a part of this renovation, more web pages, information, and graphics have been incorporated into this website for Skidaway Island.
A sister website for the Skidaway Island Informational Website is called "Snapshots and Such" which provides "ventings of a compulsive photographer," the owner of this website. The site focuses on photography, travel, and the owner's own experiences.
A Note from the Writers
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We have also found a great resource for Skidaway Island residents or those who are considering the island as a home. Skidaway Today is a social networking website devoted for Skidaway Island residents and is run by one as well. A variety of information is available on Skidaway Today including blogs, discussions, groups, and even personal profile pages. Communicate with friends, discuss current issues, learn about Skidaway Island, plan events, keep the community strong: the possibilities are endless in this Facebook-like networking website. All one needs to do in order to take full advantage of the features is register. It's that simple, then start communicating with your Skidaway friends!
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