Just a few miles from St. Marys, is Cumberland Island, a state park that was once home to a Spanish settlement, slave plantations and Dungeness, a mansion owned by the Carnegie family up until 1925. The mansion burned down in 1959 with rumors of the arsonists’ identities varying from a gang of scorned girlfriends of the Carnegie sons to vengeful squatters who got kicked off the island.
We spent the day exploring this extraordinary spot with our cruising friends from s/v Rode Trip and s/v Serendipity, thankful to have the opportunity to get our land legs back for a day. The views on the island were so spectacularly bizarre that everything looked like it had been Photoshopped, with its gnarled enchanted forest trees, antique car graveyards, red and purple sunsets, wild horses, wild turkeys, armadillos and ruins of old mansions.
For that reason, it seemed most appropriate to share this photo essay, giving Ryan his debut as s/v Hideaway’s official photographer.