Lower Altamaha Historical Society

Lower Altamaha Historical  Society

P.O. Box 1405
Darien, Georgia



Current List of Available Material for Review at Archives Building (click here)


The Lower Altamaha Historical Society makes available to the public, for study and research, all its records, genealogical information, books, and historical data.  LAHS's Archives Building, situated on the grounds of the Fort King George historic site, will be open every third Thursday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.    As is true with all archival materials, "on site" use is the rule.

In addition, LAHS is the publisher and distributor of many significant local history books and pamphlets, most of which were written or compiled by Buddy Sullivan.  These publications will be available for sale or may be read at the Archives Building.  It is hoped that the convenience and accessibility of the Archives Building being at Fort King George will lead to much use and interest in the papers, books and information housed therein.  LAHS is most grateful to Steven Smith, superintendent of the Fort, and his staff for their continuing help and hospitality.


LAHS offers a variety of books for sale which document many of the McIntosh County historical events and locations. Buddy Sullivan, well known historian, is the author of many of these publications. Visit our book list on the site (click here).


A variety of History Courses are taught occasionally by our LAHS member and ex-President, Buddy Sullivan. These courses generally cover the history of the Coastal Georgia area and vary in their content, schedule and length to fit the audience and available class locations. Please inquire about the schedule.

>>Coastal Georgia history course, with the emphasis on St. Simons and Brunswick. This typically will span 6 weeks with classes in the evenings. It is a survey of the history of the Georgia coast with the emphasis on our immediate area  --  St. Simons, Sapelo, Jekyll, Brunswick and Darien, and includes all the barrier islands and adjoining mainland,  spanning 1500 to the present.  (Next class date TBD)

>>The History of Darien and McIntosh County  conducted by Buddy Sullivan, coastal Georgia historian. 

    Sullivan, the author of fourteen published books on coastal and state history, will focus his lectures on the various stages of McIntosh County history, including Spanish missions, colonial settlement, rice plantations, Civil War, Altamaha River rafting, the county's maritime heritage and  culture, and the commercial fishing industry.  Interwoven with the primary theme of the series will be an overview of coastal Georgia history and how people over the last 400 years have utilized the environment and the ecosystems of the coast in their economic and cultural history.   

    Sullivan is the author of the definitive history of McIntosh County,  EARLY DAYS ON THE GEORGIA TIDEWATER, published in 1990 and reissued with additional material in five reprints.  He is a teacher and story teller "extraordinaire".  (Next class date TBD)


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