The Captain Morse House

Video of Cumberland Island

Carnegie Ruins

Want a little taste of what your visit to Cumberland Island will be?  Take a moment to look at this video, made by Tastemade Travel.  

At approximately 30 seconds into the video, you will see the ferry departure point.  It’s only a short one-block walk from the Captain Morse House. Get up, eat breakfast, pack your lunch and stroll to the ferry for a day of beauty and adventure.

 

Cumberland Island

Take a step back in time and explore the ruins of antebellum mansions in Georgia's Cumberland Island.

Posted by Tastemade Travel on Saturday, January 6, 2018

Coming for a Wedding?

Attending a wedding in St. Marys? It’s no surprise.

Every year, the Captain Morse House hosts many guests and wedding parties.  With four bedrooms, it is one of the largest vacation rentals in St. Marys. And since it is centrally located in the historic district, it’s the perfect place for bridal parties and large groups to gather to celebrate. 

It’s a short walk to the St. Marys Waterfront Park and the Orange Hall House Museum, two of the locations popular for nuptials.  

If you are attending a wedding on Cumberland Island, you are in good company! 

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette made their marriage vows in a tiny, white clapboard First African Baptist Church on Cumberland Island’s north end.

Cumberland Island Visitor Information

Cumberland Island

Winter 2017/18 Cumberland Ferry Times

The ferry service from St. Marys, Georgia to Cumberland Island National Seashore during winter 2017/2018 season is Thursday through Monday in the months of December, January, and February (no service on Tuesdays & Wednesdays).

The ferry leaves St. Marys at 9 am and 11:45 am Thursdays through Mondays, heading to Cumberland Island for the three month winter schedule. The return ferry for day trippers departs Cumberland Island at 4:45 pm. (There’s also a 10:15 am ferry departing the island, typically used by overnight campers).

 The Park Service and ferry concessionaire advise ferry reservation holders to arrive one hour early before departure time, to check in.  According to the NPS website, “All unclaimed ferry reservations will be cancelled 30 minutes prior to departure and those spots will be offered to walk-in visitors.”

Note that since Hurricane Irma, an alternative dock being used requires a bit more time for parking and getting to the dock. 

If you are staying with us at the Captain Morse House, you are centrally located to both the check-in point and the temporary departure dock. 

Bicycles can be transported on ferry for $10 fee (but space is limited), or rent a bike for $16 from ferry company (first come, first serve). 

Ferry tickets cost $28 plus tax per person, plus a $7 park entry fee. 

Kings Bay Naval Base

Kings Bay Naval Base, for those who are not familiar, is located 10 minutes west of St. Marys. The Submarine Base is the U.S. Atlantic Fleet‘s home port for U.S. Navy Fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarines armed with Trident missile nuclear weapons.  

St. Marys’ appreciation and support of the men and women who serve our nation is evident around town.  When we first came to St. Marys, we noticed that most downtown shops have a sign in their windows, “EDICCIMAD.”  To save you the time of an inquiry, this means “Every Day in Camden County is Military Appreciation Day.”  In most cases, those displaying this sign will offer a military discount.  As retired Air Force, just seeing those signs makes us feel a little warmer inside.

If you are a military member with proper ID, you can take advantage of the Commissary and other base features, such as a beautiful swimming pool and playground.  On any of our longer visits, we do our grocery shopping there.  

Many of our guests each year are the families of military members, attending a ceremony or coming to visit their loved ones stationed in Kings Bay.  As retired military, those groups are “our family” too, and we love the thought of sharing our home with them.

 

Advantages of the Captain Morse House

Consider renting the Captain Morse House for your visiting relatives.  

  • With four bedrooms, it is more economical than individual hotel rooms. 

  • Your family members have a gathering place (that’s not your house!)

  • With so much to do in downtown St. Marys, visiting guests will enjoy every minute of their stay.