Historic Tybee “Raised Cottage” to Get New Lease on Life!

February 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Community, Features, Tybee Island Historical Society

Tybee Island, GA. – On Friday, February 19th, the Tybee “raised cottage” known as the Fogerty-Hosti house was transported from its original home since the turn of the 20th century on Butler Avenue, to property owned by The Tybee Island Historical Society near the Tybee Light Station. The organization purchased the house from owner, Michael Hosti in order to preserve it, after Hosti made plans to clear the lot adjacent his Tybee’s IGA Market on which the house stood to make way for a new parking lot.

The structure, known as the Fogerty/Hosti Cottage is a rare find according to TIHS Executive Director Cullen Chambers whose organization has spent the last two decades funding the completion of the restoration of Tybee’s Light Station, keeper’s cottages and Lighthouse Museum. Chambers emphasizes that within the group’s mission statement has always been the restoration of an authentic Tybee “raised cottage,”  an architectural style unique to the island from the “golden era” of its development between 1910-1939, when Tybee Island was a seasonal “beach retreat” community for middle-class families from Savannah and the region.

The house was moved across the island by Braswell Brothers, Inc. of Swainsboro, GA.

The porches and roof of the white frame structure were carefully dismantled to be reassembled later at the new location next to the light station and keepers’ cottages across from the Fort Screven batteries and the museum.

Click the link to learn more about the history of the island, and the restoration work of the Tybee Island Historical Society.

(More to come…)

Photos by Nancy Heffernan copyright 2010, The Tybee Times.

Check out more photos, and WSAV-TV reporter Randi Hempel’s video coverage of the move on Facebook.

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