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History, legends abound in McIntosh County


Revolutionary War relics, a famed river monster, a colonel who won't stay buried and buffalo? Those are just a few of the things in McIntosh County as part of the One Tank Trip series. 

The first stop in a tour of the county is the visitors center in the Darien outlets just off of Interstate 95. 

The Altamaha River monster is just one of the legends in the county. The tale goes that it is a Loch Ness- like creature that has been spotted dozens of times since the 1700s - and as recently as five years ago. 

Off of the same exit 49, is Fort King George, a Revolutionary War site. Park Ranger Jason Baker explains it's a milestone in the settling of the state. 

"Without King George there would not be a Savannah; There would not be the colony of Georgia," Baker said. "It was originally built here in the 1720s to protect the Altamaha River from the Spanish and the French." 

All the buildings are replicas because in the 19th century-saw milling on this site destroyed any remains left from the king's army. But some think the soldiers buried here haunt those houses. A ghost hunting team recently investigated the grounds. They are scheduled to reveal their findings in an event closer to Halloween.  

There's also Col. John McIntosh's final resting spot. The Revolutionary War veteran in his iron cast coffin just wouldn't stay underground. His various burial sites and the rising river just didn't jive. 

In Townsend off of Hwy 17 is the smallest Church in America. It stained glass windows from England and enough room for 13 parishioners. Thousands sign the guest book each year. 

Heading to McIntosh County is half a tank of gas and 136 miles round-trip from Savannah.

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