Friday, October 19, 2007

The Dungeness and Wild Horses

This is Dungeness, the remains of the home of Thomas Carnegie (brother and partner of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie). The home was built in 1885 and was partially destroyed by fire in 1959.

Approximately 80% of Cumberland Island is owned and managed by the National Park Service. We were briefed several times by a park ranger on the rules and what to expect on the island. He told us there were approximately 250 feral horses and to not bother them since we were the intruders and not them. They roam freely and can be seen at times running on the beach. We were not fortunate enough to see them on the beach but they say it is a beautiful sight.


Lilli & Nevada said...

I love that kind of history and the old home stead, boy i bet they have some stories to tell if they could talk.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I bet the horse would be great to watch galloping about a beach, I must read up on this island it sounds very nice.

Nancy said...

Glad you had such a pretty day to enjoy Cumberland Island.Looks like a lovely place to visit and get away from everything.

Rick said...

I need to get back over there and visit. The remains of the mansion would make some awesome b&w shots..the horses are very beautiful..

smilnsigh said...

Love both these photos. 'The Dungeness' is so unique. Must be no one wanted to rebuild, after the fire. Sad...

And those wild horses are beautiful


Sister--Three said...

I like the red roan.

Lynette said...

Dot, these are such interesting facts and photos. Thanks for taking us along to Cumberland Island, a place I've read about in author Nevada Barr's "Endangered Species." If you haven't read it, I believe you'd like to do so. In fact, you can't go wrong with any of Barr's books.

Here's a short review I found at As her legions of loyal readers know, Nevada Barr is not a stripper nor a Las Vegas lawyer; she's a former actress and National Park Service ranger who writes excellent mysteries set in the wilderness.

Her alter ego, ranger Anna Pigeon, is once again called upon to be mentally and physically astute--this time on Cumberland Island, off the Georgia coast, where the ghosts of the millionaires who used to live there are being added to by a determined killer.

As usual, Barr is best at creating believable scenes of action in a setting that is beautifully detailed but never romanticized!

Back in 2005, I got to interview Barr by telephone; here's the link to that short Q&A, if you're interested:

I certainly enjoyed her reading at Lemuria, then about a year later I got to visit with her for a few moments at an art walk where I had by photos set up for sale. She's an interesting woman.

See, I do go on and on when I'm enthused!

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