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Explore the Gullah-Geechee community in Savannah’s Low Country guided by a local Pin Point resident. Experience the life of residents and workers from days gone by. Now a restored museum, The Pin Point Oyster Factory ran from 1926 to 1985, and employed women in Savannah’s Pin Point community, the birth home of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
The heritage museum tells the 60-year story of making a living from the water. Learn about marine life and discover exhibits in the seafood factory’s original three buildings – the oyster house; the picking and cooling house, where crab was processed; and the deviled crab house, where deviled crabs were packaged.
The Pin Point Pedicure
Put your bare feet in the water of the Moon River alongside the minnows and fiddler crabs.
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Pin Point Facts and Timeline
1880s to 1890s: Several hurricanes strike Ossabaw Island, and most of its African-American population decides to depart for the mainland. The Hinder Me Not congregation moves to Pin Point, where it establishes the Sweet Field of Eden Church. Its members, and other African-Americans, settle on land sold to them by Henry McAlpin.
1926: A.S. Varn Sr. opens the A.S. Varn & Son Oyster Seafood factory. It immediately becomes the prime source of income and employment in the community. Its canned oysters are sent to restaurants as far away as New York.
1929: After a hurricane wrecks the site, Varn rebuilds the plant.
1961: “Moon River,” the Johnny Mercer standard which immortalizes the tidal river that flows in front of Pin Point, wins an Academy Award.
1966: A.S. Varn Sr. dies at Candler Hospital.
1971: A.S. Varn Jr. files a federal suit seeking to halt the use of mirex, a fire ant spray. The use of the insecticide, said Varn, is killing oysters and blue crabs.
1973: A.S. Varn Jr. files a suit in superior court seeking $50,000 in damages to his business caused by the Skidaway Island Bridge. Built in 1965-67, the bridge impedes the ebb and flow of Shipyard Creek, leading to a silt buildup that threatens the seafood plant, the suit alleges.
1985: A.S. Varn and Son closes.
1991: A.S. Varn Jr. dies and Pin Point native son Clarence Thomas becomes a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice.
November of 2010: Crow Holdings in Dallas, an investment firm, announces that it plans to restore the long-closed seafood factory and reopen it as a heritage museum in late 2011.