What to do and see in Townsend, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 27, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Townsend is an unincorporated community in McIntosh County, Georgia, United States. It lies along State Route 57 northwest of the city of Darien, the county seat. Its elevation is 20 feet (6 m). Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 31331.
Restaurants in Townsend

1. Memory Park Christ Chapel

Hwy. 17, Shellman, GA
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If you believe the proud claims of the Georgian locals, this is the smallest church in the United States.

Reviewed By mikenorris2 - Townsend, Georgia

I hesitate to rate this attraction too low as I have been living within 10 miles of it and pass the map location at least 10 times a week and have never seen anything in the location. Nothing but a swamp. Is it possible they are trying to show the smallest church in the country? If so, it is worth seeing but is about 9 miles north on US 17 from the shown location. Also, the map location is much closer to Eulonia than it is to Shellman Bluff but the address for that area would be Townsend as neither Eulonia nor Shellman Bluff are incorporated.

2. Fort King George Historic Site

302 McIntosh Rd SE, Darien, GA 31305-4304 +1 912-437-4770
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

Fort King George Historic Site

Reviewed By ElaineFrench - Bluffton SC

Toured this fort with a large group. It is a very interesting Fort, unlike many I’ve seen in the south. I was told that they periodically have re-enactments that are very interesting.

3. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651 +1 912-264-7333
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4.5 based on 509 reviews

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. While many factors made rice cultivation increasingly difficult in the years after the Civil War, the family continued to grow rice until 1913.The enterprising siblings of the fifth generation at Hofwyl-Broadfield resolved to start a dairy rather than sell their family home. The efforts of Gratz, Miriam and Ophelia Dent led to the preservation of their family legacy. Ophelia was the last heir to the rich traditions of her ancestors, and she left the plantation to the state of Georgia in 1973.A museum features silver from the family collection and a model of Hofwyl-Broadfield during its heyday. A brief film on the plantation’s history is shown before visitors walk a short trail to the antebellum home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the home as Ophelia kept it with family heirlooms, 18th and 19th century furniture and Cantonese China. A stop on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, this is an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings. A nature trail that leads back to the Visitors Center along the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished.

Reviewed By Emilie P - Bronx, New York

Visited with my sister and from the entrance through the entire visit we were totally in awe. With the guide narrating it made you feel SD if you were part of the plantation experience. Totally informative and historically beautiful. Visit and take time to go through the entire place.

4. Geechee Kunda Cultural Arts Museum

622 Ways Temple Rd, Riceboro, GA 31323-4307 +1 912-844-4440
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Geechee Kunda Cultural Arts Museum

Geechee Kunda is a cultural education facility. We use culture as a vehicle for Mental Empowerment, Intellectual Liberation, and Spiritual Healing. Our programs/activities are offered in that spirit!

Reviewed By Servin5 - Coatesville, Pennsylvania

This museum is subtitled "an interpretive center", which describes it very well. Here, in one place, you can absorb the history of the rice growing culture (hence Riceboro) and the history of slavery in this region. Do not expect elaborate exhibits or working reconstructions. There is a lot to read and if at all possible you should spend some time with Jim Bacote, the founder, who seems to be related to everyone who ever lived there. While offering some insight into the dialect Geechee, the museum illustrates how art and craft define a culture.

For more information see www.geecheekunda.com

5. The Smallest Church in America

Coastal Hwy 17, Townsend, GA
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The Smallest Church in America

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2427, also in Google shows that it s in Townsend not in Shavnanah

Reviewed By lenadukes - Hinesville, Georgia

It's a lovely spot with huge trees and the little church was delightful to walk through. We signed the visitors book and took a picture of the church.

6. Sapelo Hammock Golf Club

1354 Marshview Dr NE, Shellman Bluff, GA 31331-5356 +1 912-832-4653
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Sapelo Hammock Golf Club

Sapelo Hammock Golf Club features five sets of tees to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. The 18-hole, 6,887-yard, par 72 course is the main attraction, boasting Champion Bermuda greens, 4 - 19 Bermuda fairways and roughs, and coastal Georgia marsh grass hazards. The thought-provoking layout will test the veteran players while the picturesque scenery will help newer golfers relax as they enjoy learning the classic game. With over two miles of marsh front play, the views are spectacular. The clubhouse is also available for receptions, business functions, and the marsh view side is a great spot for location wedding. Our Eagles Nest apartment above the clubhouse is a two bedroom, two bath rental with full kitchen, den and deck overlooking the beautiful coastal marsh. We offer stay and play packages and have this apartment and three other condos available for stays of 16-20 guests.

Reviewed By ebur104075 - Savannah, Georgia

I have heard several great comments about Sapelo Hammock Golf Club so we decided to give it a go. From Savannah, it is 50 Minutes, with much of it on I-95. We got there at 7:00 am for an 8:00 am Tee Time and we were greeted by a friendly staff and were immediately checked in. We asked for a military rate and they had one, ($33.10) per person. The course was remarkable and well laid out. The greens were well maintained and the cart path is a very drivable dirt path. Watch for the alligators around some of the holes and water hazards. Had a great time, will definitely be back.

7. Waterfront Park

105 Fort King George Dr, Darien, GA 31305-9014
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Waterfront Park

Reviewed By Suzy41 - San Diego, California

If your ever in the area this is a great place to stop and stretch your legs. Shrimp boats are near as well as others. After coffee and tiramisu we strolled down and enjoyed the scenery.

8. Georgia Peach World

2081 Ga Highway 57, Townsend, GA 31331-8132 +1 912-832-3270
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Georgia Peach World

Reviewed By sebring1970 - Harrisburg

There are food items you can get here that you cannot find anywhere else. Not cheap, but worth it to me. I am repeat customer. The Vidalia Onion Golden Peach Salsa is fantastic. I put it on everything or eat it straight out of the...MoreWe really do appreciate this review and are happy to hear that you are on of our repeat customers! Thank you for the shout outs on two of our delicious products. We hope to see you again soon. Stay Peachy!

9. Sapelo Island Visitors Center

1766 Landing Rd SE, Box 1500, Darien, GA 31305-5333 +1 912-437-3224
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Sapelo Island Visitors Center

Reviewed By Josephine C - Midway

You can't get to Sapelo island unless you take the ferry. Time and a river ride takes you back to a simpler time. The visitor's center is full of history and anecdotes about the history of this barrier island and the people who choose to live there. Bring a picnic lunch and a camera. Nature at it's best.

10. Old Jail Art Center & Museum

404 North Way, Darien, GA 31305-9126 +1 912-437-7711
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Old Jail Art Center & Museum

Reviewed By Sandra D - Melbourne, Florida

Stopped in while on vacation. The talent hanging on the walls was extremely impressive. Really liked the kid's room. This is more than an art gallery or a museum. It was obviously well utilized by the artist community. Overall a delight!!

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