The first European settlement in the St. Andrews Bay area was along Beach Drive between Frankford Avenue and Lake Caroline.
Retired Georgia Gov. John Clark and his wife Nancy built a home and lived there from 1827 until their deaths in 1832.
Just a few people resided year round in St. Andrews, earning a living making salt, fishing, and boarding vacationers who came to the area for the "healthy sea baths" and the fishing.
By the mid 1800s, the summer population was between 1,200-1,500. The Clark home was converted to a hotel known as The Tavern.
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