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Pin Point: African American Heritage Site on the Georgia Coast

Pin Point: African American Heritage Site on the Georgia Coast

Pin Point, a historic town located only 18 km from Savannah, Georgia, tends to live up to its name. The town is most definitely a pinpoint when it comes to the many marshes and inlets of Georgia’s gravitational coast, but it also plays such a major role in the seafood industry. Pin Point is a special place because of its continuous traditional aspects of the Gullah Geechee culture when it comes to heritage and survival mechanisms. It is a special moment when a community can easily combine culture and economics in order to live comfortably. That is just the type of place that Pin Point was, and still instills into their community.

The Pin Point Heritage Museum, which is located in Savannah, Georgia, occupies the former AS Varn & Son Oyster Seafood Factory. The factory was started by AS Varn in 1926 after realizing that he could simply take advantage of the rise of the canned seafood industry because his home was a gold mine. His factory allowed the community to become close knit as the men and women hunted the shrimp, crawfish, and oysters in the creeks and prepared them fresh in order to make a living. 

AS Varn created a Renaissance within his community, until the industry became difficult to manage as industrialization began in Savannah. The creeks became polluted and there was not much that could be done to save the resources, resulting in the factory being closed in 1985. Thus, history was created and the story still lives. You can check out the exhibits and the beauty beyond the marshes by booking your tour right here!

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