Saving an Authentic Tybee “Raised Cottage”

Light on the Past

with Sarah Pearson Jones

by Sarah Jones


This February the Tybee Island Historical Society and Cullen Chambers completed a 15 year goal.  That goal was to save a historic Tybee Raised Cottage and restore it for interpretive purposes. The Foggerty/Hosti cottage was sold to the Tybee Island Historical Society by Mike Hosti at a price that was well below market value.

Neighbors watched as the Foggerty/Hosti cottage made the slow trip from the south end of the island to the north end, but this wasn’t its first trip across the island. The historic cottage was built by the Foggerty family around the turn of the century, and it was at its first location near the sharp bend in Highway 80 until the hurricane of 1922. After the storm, it was moved to its second location further down Butler Avenue next to IGA Market. This third, and hopefully final location will be on a piece of property owned by the Tybee Island Historical Society next to the Light Station.

Part of the mission of the Tybee Island Historical Society is to preserve the history of Tybee Island.  We already do this in many ways. We are currently preserving and interpreting the military history of Fort Screven through the old museum and its exhibits, and the island’s maritime history is being interpreted by the buildings of the Light Station.  Now, with the Foggerty/Hosti cottage we have the opportunity to preserve and interpret the cultural and architectural history of Tybee.

The plans are to restore the cottage to its former glory and open it to the public for tours and events.  There is much work to do on the exterior, but the interior has been and is still close to its original state.  The cottage was prepared for the move by Savannah Restoration and the move was conducted by Braswell Brothers out of Swainsboro.  This is what a membership in the Tybee Island Historical Society can help accomplish. Such a move would not be possible without our members and volunteers.

Thank you,

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Photos of the move of the Foggerty/Hosti raised cottage to the Tybee Lighthouse Grounds by Nancy Heffernan.

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