Only 20 minutes from Savannah, Georgia, by boat, Ossabaw Island is a tranquil world of dirt roads, towering live oaks, murky swamps, nesting wood storks, shy wild pigs and grazing Sicilian donkeys.
According to the Ossabaw Island Foundation website, “Eleanor ‘Sandy’ Torrey West is Ossabaw Island’s best-known and longest resident. Since 1978 Sandy has lived on the island full time. Her love of the island began in her childhood, shortly after her parents, Henry and Nell Torrey of Detroit, Michigan, purchased Ossabaw Island in 1924 as their winter retreat.”
In the late 1970’s, rising property taxes forced Sandy, her children and her nieces and nephews to sell the island to the state of Georgia for scientific, educational, and cultural uses only.
Learn how you can take a trip to the island through the Ossabaw Island Foundation.