Hog Hammock – Sapelo Island


This research project came about in the Fall of 2018 during the course Arts of Refinement in the Atlantic World, taught by Dr. Paul Niell at Florida State University. The seminar discussed the visual and material culture of the transatlantic trade between the New World and the old.  Meggan conducted research on the vernacular architecture of the Gullah/Geechee community of Sapelo Island in McIntosh County, Georgia. This included visiting the island and photographing and documenting the extant structures of the island.

This ultimately encompassed the vernacular architecture, spatial layout, and cultural heritage of Hog Hammock on Sapelo Island, from the time of Thomas Spalding through present day. Meggan discusses how the effects of the island's "isolation" and interactions with the mainland are demonstrated through their building materials and architectural styles. She also examined how the residents of the community seek to preserve their Gullah/Geechee heritage.