District 3 Information
The coastal district of south Georgia, known for its lovely beaches and moss-draped live oaks, abounds with southern charm and the hospitality of its people. Home to over 149,000 residents, five south Georgia counties comprise the Third Senate District: Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, and McIntosh. Each county possesses a distinct character. Together, these five counties provide geographic diversity that supports cattle ranching, shipping, agriculture, timber farming, fishing, hunting, industry, tourism, and a strong business community.
Glynn County, a popular vacation destination, is best known for its beaches and golf courses, particularly those on Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. The world renowned five-star Cloister Resort is located on Sea Island. History buffs visit such sites as Fort Frederica laid out by General James Edward Oglethorpe in 1736 and Christ Church with its 300 year-old oak under which George Whitefield and John Wesley preached. The county seat, the City of Brunswick, hosts an Old Town Tour of Homes in April, the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet on Mother's Day, the King Fish Tournament in June, and the Stewbilee in October which features the world famous Brunswick Stew. Jekyll Island offers its own array of festivals including an Art Festival in March, a Beach Music Festival in August, the Shrimp and Grits festival in September, the Georgia Florida Golf Classic in October, and a Bluegrass Festival in December.
Perhaps most famous for its Kings Bay Submarine Base, the home of the Trident Nuclear Submarine, Camden County also features the pristine Cumberland Island National Seashore, home to wild horses and the historic ruins of Dungeness, the former estate of the Andrew Carnegie family. The county enjoys a flow of visitors who attend its many annual festivals. The county seat of Woodbine hosts the Crawfish Festival each April. On Labor Day weekend, Kingsland provides the Catfish Festival, and St. Marys hosts the Rock Shrimp Festival in October. St. Marys, an historic town first settled by the Spanish in the 1500s, once held the number one rank as best small town in America in Money Magazine.
On the northern side of Glynn and the mighty Altamaha River, McIntosh County provides a naturalist wonderland of adventure that includes Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge, Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Sapelo Island National Estuarine Sanctuary. The county’s biggest festival is the Annual Blessing of the Fleet each spring, sending area shrimpers out for a bountiful harvest. Darien, the county seat, was first established as a military outpost in 1720, even before General James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia. Fort King George still offers a trip back in time to visitors who want to explore the historic side of McIntosh County.
Brantley County, like its neighbor, Charlton, is heavily forested. Timber is harvested regularly in both counties. Brantley farmers raise row crops such as tobacco and corn, but the blueberry agri-business is becoming popular. Brantley provides many opportunities for hunting, boating, fishing, and camping with its two wildlife management areas, its Dixon Memorial State Forest, and the meandering Satilla River. Brantley is gaining a reputation as a seasonal destination for music lovers who gather for its Bluegrass Festival held in the Spring and the Fall of each year. Nahunta serves as the county seat.
Charlton, toward the west, is split in its representation in the Georgia Senate. A portion of the county lies in Senate District 3, and the other portion lies in Senate District 7. Charlton has earned a reputation as the gateway to the Stephen C. Foster State Park and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness Area. Once a refuge for the Seminole Indians, the Okefenokee occupies about one-third of the county and is the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern United States. A popular vacation destination for nature lovers, the Okefenokee provides the headwaters for the Suwannee River which kayakers can navigate to the Gulf of Mexico. The City of Folkston serves as the county seat.