A Village Story

Real Estate

A tidbit of local real estate history in the Pier Village on St. Simons Island...

This beautiful oceanfront home at 103 Frazier Street, just south of the Village was originally built in 1925 for FD Aiken and the Aiken Family.  My grandparents (Ike & Alice Aiken) lived in the house until after they passed away in the early '90s.  It has recently been renovated and added to by the Corti Family.  It sits on one of the largest oceanfront lots on St. Simons. 

FD Aiken was my great grandfather and the son in law of Mallery King. Mallery was the Son of Ann Matilda Page King (owner and manager of Retreat Plantation).  After the war, Mallery and Cuyler King (the only two surviving sons) retuned home to rebuild Retreat Plantation. Mallery was the original developer of King City and the heir to Retreat Plantation.  He donated the land to the County which is now known as Mallery Park. 

In 1926, FD Aiken sold the bulk of Retreat Plantation to the Sea Island Company,  which today is home to The Lodge, Sea Island Golf Club, and associated communities.   The ruins of the Retreat main house and hospital can be seen next to the Lodge and Golf Club.    

In the early 1900s, FD Aiken owned and operated the St. Simons Transit Company.  The Emmeline and the Hessie were his two trusted ferry boats that delivered transportation to and from St. Simons and surrounding areas (see the Emmeline below).