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’Tis the season for holiday parties, corporate gatherings, and, for many happy couples, engagements too! While the Golden Isles offers several resorts where these celebrations can occur, you can create an especially memorable event by holding it at the foot of St. Simons Island’s most recognizable landmark: the St. Simons Lighthouse.

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society preserves and manages two iconic sites that are open to the public throughout the year: the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum (built in 1872) and the World War II Home Front Museum at the St. Simons Coast Guard Station (built in 1936). The Historical Society’s collection of archival materials, images, and objects, contains over 20,000 items that documents the history of this area. They also operate a Museum Store with a variety of unique gifts, souvenirs, and one of the largest collections of St. Simons history books on the island. Items range from artwork and décor created by local artists to custom-made items showcasing our beautiful Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station. In addition to offering a wide range of activities throughout the year, including lectures by award-winning authors and field trips for area school children, they host both private and corporate events.

Whether you’re planning an indoor reception or outdoor cocktail party, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s site at the St. Simons Lighthouse offers elegance, natural beauty, and variety for both large and small gatherings, fitting for both casual and formal events. Overlooking the ocean and situated under stately live oak trees, the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, which opened in 2008, includes a 1,400 square foot event hall perfect for evening galas, receptions, and other social functions. Tables, chivari chairs, and a dance floor are included for functions held in the event hall.

The lawn beneath the lighthouse and the beautiful private courtyards provide guests with a gorgeous oceanfront setting that becomes even more magical during one of the island’s spectacular sunsets or under a sky full of sparkling stars. Just imagine music in the air, the soft sound of the waves against the rocks, and the Spanish moss in the trees gently swaying in the breeze. Your guests will be enchanted and take away memories that will last forever. There is also a unique opportunity here to embrace history that other island venues cannot offer: give your guests the chance to climb to the observation deck of the lighthouse that was originally built in 1872 so they can experience the amazing birds-eye view of the island. When you choose the Historical Society property as a venue for your event, they offer the option to open the lighthouse for your cocktail hour for climbs to the top or tours with historic interpreters from the Museum.

With the ability to accommodate parties of up to 200 guests, the Historical Society proudly offers personal and flexible planning options tailored to your special event. Their team is happy to help coordinate local caterers and vendors who are familiar with their venue’s space, requirements, and unique location. Their list of caterers is extensive (and still growing!) and includes some of the best on the island for special events, so you won’t be limited in your choices. They can also arrange to provide audio/visual assistance and Wi-Fi access if required. For wedding weekends and other events accommodating travel requirements and out-of-town guests, the venue’s convenient location directly across the street from a boutique hotel can simplify organizing and planning and minimize local transportation worries.

Ensure magical and memorable matrimonial moments whether your ceremony takes place in the gazebo, under the lighthouse on the seaside lawn, in one of the intimate courtyards, or inside the event hall. The variety of locations within the venue and catering options available for receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids’ brunches and more are all wonderfully flexible to suit the atmosphere you want to create for your special day. Wedding event pricing includes access to the entire property (gazebo, lawn, courtyards, and event hall), an event manager on site during event, a one-hour ceremony rehearsal, a full kitchen for the caterer of your choice from the Society’s vendor list, a dance floor, and tables and chairs for indoor receptions for up to 90 guests (additional tables and chairs can be rented to accommodate a larger guest list).

To see a video tour of the venue hosted by the Historical Society’s Events Coordinator, check out the Highlights section of the St. Simons Lighthouse Instagram page. For additional information and more detailed pricing or to arrange a tour of the venue, email Events Manager , Jessica Aldridge, at jaldridge@coastalgeorgiahistory.org. Information and forms are also available on the website at coastalgeorgiahistory.org. Create an enchanting experience in this timeless setting that is as unique as you are.

Uniquely Enchanting originally posted on by Elegant Island Living magazine.

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