United States of America, Georgia, Glynn County, St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island
Along the coast of Georgia lies a line of islands, lush in an almost tropical verdure. Frederica, on St. Simon's Island, long enjoyed a reputation for its climate. Near this town many great estates were laid out as summer homes, and among them was "Retreat". This estate was first known as "Orange Grove". In 1802 it was acquired by Major William Page and the earliest garden of which we have any record was laid out by Mrs. Page, who built also a hothouse, the remains of which may still be seen. This was seemingly the only one on the island. A rose-bordered path and a cedar walk and a great many bulbs mark the site of the old garden.