Marshes of Glynn
Brunswick, Georgia

Photos by Henry Mitchell, April 2006.

Marshes of Glynn

View from the Marshes of Glynn Overlook Park.



Marshes of Glynn

Marshes of Glynn Overlook Park.



Marshes of Glynn

Black-headed Gulls (or “Laughing Gulls,” Larus ridibundis) at the park.



Marshes of Glynn

An interpretive plaque at the park:

Lanier's Oak as it appeared at the turn of the 20th century, sheltering poets and picnickers alike. Today, Highway 17 is located where the tidal creek is shown in this photograph. (Photo courtesy of Bryan Thompson.)



Marshes of Glynn

From an interpretive plaque at the park:

Sidney Lanier
Georgia's Poet

Sidney Lanier was born in 1842 in Macon, Georgia. He distinguished himself as a brilliant student and musician early in life. In 1861, Lanier enlisted in the Confederate Army, serving as a scout and a signal officer. He was captured and imprisoned in November, 1864. While a prisoner of war, Lanier contracted tuberculosis and suffered from consumption for the rest of his life.

During a visit to Brunswick in 1874, Sidney Lanier was captivated by the sheer magnitude and beauty of the vast coastal marshes. The endless acres of marsh grass, shimmering streams and rivers and abundant wildlife inspired the 33-year-old Lanier to write his beloved poem, The Marhes of Glynn. The poem's first reading was in 1875, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Couper of Brunswick. It was published in Baltimore in 1878.



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