Dunbar Creek, St Simons Island

Status: Historical Site


photojournalist">Paul Conklin</span></a> - <a href="" class="extiw" title="en:U.S. National Archives and Records Administration">U.S. National Archives and Records Administration</a>, Public Domain, Link


In May 1803 at the height of the Slave Trade between Africa and the United States a ship from West Africa landed in Savannah, Georgia for the slave markets. On board were a number of people from the Igbo Tribe from what is now Nigeria. These people were known through the American South as being unable to take slavery (of course who could) and being fiercely independent. The enslaved Igbo were bought by a plantation owner from St Simons Island and loaded back onto a smaller ship to be forced into work on the island.

It is unclear exactly how by the Igbo people took control of the ship and threw off the crew who drowned in the Atlantic Ocean but the ship would run aground in Dunbar Creek on St Simons Island. The Igbos then fled the ship and walked into Dunbar Creek to commit suicide by drowning themselves rather than be captured and forced back into slavery. This incident became part of folklore and one of the greatest acts of resistance against slavery of African slaves in the United States.

There is no historical marker at this site, although it is well known to the locals, and has recently become part of the curriculum in coastal Georgia schools. In the 1940's a sewage treatment plant was built right beside this site and it remains controversial to this day.

Paranormal Activity
Apparitions of the Igbos are still seen in this area as well as the phantom sounds of the song they sang to the water spirits to bring them back to Africa as they walked into the creek.

People have also reported feelings of being watched, hatred, fear and unease as well as an overwhelming feeling of loss. It has been said that it is very easy to feel the presence of the Igbos at this site as the energy here is very powerful.



102 W Mimosa Drive

(678) 685-1821

Status: Former Residence, Former Hospital, Heritage Property, Historic Battlefield, Event Center



This home was built by Guy L Warren an agent of the Macon Western Railroad who was one of the town's first commissioners in 1840. The Civil War broke out soon after and the Confederate Forces soon seized the house as a field hospital.

On September 2, 1864 the area fell to the Union Forces and the 52nd Illinois Infantry took over the house and used it as their field hospital. The Battle of Jonesboro took place on the front lawn of this house. The battle was lost by the Confederates and soon Atlanta was taken - a huge step toward the end of the war.

In 1936 the new owner of the house (a relative of the one of the original Confederate defenders of Jonesboro) began a restoration of the building. When he removed the wallpaper, he discovered the names of the Union soldiers that had been confined to the hospital carved into the walls.

One of the visitors to the home in 1936-37 was Margaret Mitchell doing research for what would become one of the greatest novels in American history - Gone with The Wind.

The home is now the oldest structure in Jonesboro and can be booked for weddings, meetings etc.


Paranormal Activity

Given its history there is, remarkably, very little paranormal activity here.

Quite often apparition of a Confederate soldier is seen holding a candle looking out of a window.

There are also reports of feelings of unease and of being watched.