Books by Buddy Sullivan
SAPELO: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island (in preparation
with release by the University of Georgia Press, in early 2017. A new
and detailed history in coffee-table format with many color photos. See
the link on this website for Table of Contents. Maps and archival
images blended with color photos by Ben Galland.
A Georgia Tidewater Companion: Essays, Papers and Some Personal
Observations on 30 Years of Historical Research (Published in 2015,
available at a discount on Amazon.com). Contains the author's family
history in coastal Georgia and Charleston, his research methodology in
writing about the history of the region, and papers and essays on a
range of subjects relating to the history of the region. Maps and
illustrations, 528 pages, softcover.
Georgia: A State History, 1733-2000 (208 pages, 2003, Arcadia Pub-
lishing). Documented overview of Georgia's history with emphasis
on early 19th century town development, railroads, the Civil War
and the late 19th century growth of south Georgtia.
Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater (1,000 pages, new, revised
edition, with maps and photographs). Available online at Amazon.com
and other online outlets. The new edition is a complete revision and
expansion of the original book with updated material based on recent
research. Softcover edition.
A Low Country Diary: Bessie Mary Lewis and McIntosh County,
Georgia. (2017). A collection of the best historical articles and
essays by the late McIntosh County historian and mentor of
Buddy Sullivan. 265 pages, softbound.
From Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek: A History of Bryan County,
Georgia (458 pages, pub. 2000), available at Richmond Hill Historical
Society. Winner of the 2001 Lilla M. Hawes Award from the Georgia
Historical Society as the outstanding book on Georgia history
published in 2000.
A Low Country Diary, Bessie Mary Lewis and McIntosh County,
Georgia. (260 pages, available December 2016). A collection of
the best historical and ecological writings of the late Bessie Lewis,
county historian until her death in 1983 at the age of 94. With an
introductory essay and amplifying notes.
The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower (167 pages,
2010, University of Georgia Press). Postbellum rice planter's daily
journal of events and observations provides a unique contemporary
account of a coastal Georgia town from 1875 to 1930.
High Water on the Bar: An Operational Perspective of a Tidewater
Timber Port, 1874-1930, with the Memoirs of Thomas Hilton (116
pages, 2009, Darien Downtown Development Authority). A review
of Darien's economic development as a lumber export center after
the Civil War. Includes annotated memoirs of one timber family, the
Hiltons. Selected minutes of the activities of the Darien Pilot
Commission relate maritime events in the Darien area, 1872-1920.
"All Under Bank": Roswell King, Jr. and Plantation Management in
Tidewater Georgia, 1819-1854 (134 pages, 2013, Midway Museum).
The Introduction relates the antebellum rice plantation economy of
coastal Georgia. The King journal provides contemporary insights
of plantation management with the emphasis on Butler's Island in the
Altamaha River delta, and on King's own operations in Liberty County.
The First Conservationists? Northern Money and Lowcountry Georgia,
1866-1930 (monograph published in 2016, available at Amazon.com.
This paper analyses the transition of the coastal islands from their
pre-war owners to Northern interests with the evolution toward
protected status by public and private interests in the mid-to-late
20th century (Ossabaw, Cumberland, Sapelo, Wassaw, St. Catherines,
Old Tabby: The Ashantilly Legacy of Thomas Spalding & William G.
Haynes (30 pages, 2009).
Sapelo: A History (88 pages, 3 editions since 1989)
Images of America series: Books on Darien and McIntosh County (2000),
Sapelo Island (2001) and Richmond Hill (2006),
The New Georgia Guide (coastal Georgia tour chapter, 1996, UGA Press).
History of the Darien Presbyterian Church, 1739-1986 (64 pages 1986).
Memories of McIntosh (64 pages, 1990).
The Darien Bank: A Celebration of 100 Years (75 pages, 1989).
The Hurricane of 1898 in Coastal Georgia (1998).
The Lighthouses of Georgia (1999).
"Ecology as History in the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research
Reserve" (2006, revised 2009)
"Historic Implications Relating to Ballast Hammocks in Coastal Georgia"
(2008, reprinted in High Water on the Bar)
"200 Years of Historic Architecture on Sapelo Island, Georgia" (2010)
"Sapelo Island Settlement and Land Ownership: An Historical
"The First Conservationists? Northern Money and Lowcountry Georgia,
1866-1930)," see booklist above.
Introductions to Books:
They Called Their Town Darien, Bessie Lewis (2000 reissue of 1975
Cemeteries of McIntosh County, Mattie Gladstone, et. al. (2000)
Journal of a Voyage to Australia and New Guinea, William G.
Haynes, Jr. (2008 reprint of 1942 first edition)