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Tybee Island is a small island located off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. Although it is a small island, it has a rich history that dates back to the early 1700s. In this post, I will discuss some fascinating facts about Tybee Island’s history. These facts include information about the island’s Native American inhabitants, its role in the Revolutionary War and Civil War, and its connection to Hollywood!
The first permanent settlement on Tybee Island was established by English Puritans in 1732. The island was named after the Tybee Indians, who were the original inhabitants of the area. The Tybee Indians were a peaceful tribe and good relations were maintained between the two groups for many years.
In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Tybee Island was used as a defensive outpost by the Continental Army. Fort Pulaski, which is located on the island, played a key role in the Union’s victory in the Battle of Savannah.
During the Civil War, Tybee Island was once again used as a military stronghold. This time, it was occupied by Confederate troops. In 1862, a Union blockade prevented supplies from reaching the island, which led to the Confederates surrendering Fort Pulaski to the Union.
Tybee Island has also been home to Hollywood movies such as “The Last Song” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. In “The Last Song”, Tybee Island was used as a stand-in for Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was also filmed on the island, specifically at the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum.
If you just moved to the Savannah area, be sure to take a day trip to Tybee Island! There’s so much history to explore on this small island and I plan to share more in future posts. Thanks for reading!
Do you have any favorite facts about Tybee Island’s history? Share them with us!
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