Lecture and Book Signing: Growing Up Coastal by Clay Sikes
Lecture and book signing: Non-Member Price (Members of the Historical Society are Free)
When: Thursday, June 2, 2022
Wetlands Center @ J. F. Gregory Park
500 Cedar St.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Growing Up Coastal: Life on the Georgia Coast
By: Clay Sikes
In the drug-filled 1960s and 1970s, life for a young person in Liberty County Georgia was much like living in the wild west. With a military base on the west end of the county and a pristine, well-traveled coastline to the east, life in the small Southern town was anything but dull. And being the son and grandson of the local sheriffs meant that Clay saw much more than the average citizen.
The stories in this book chronicle the drastic cultural shift that was occurring in America during the '60s and '70s, from the birth of the booming new smuggling cocaine and marijuana trade to the influx of thousands of troops to a new military base on the Georgia Coast. For a teenager like Clay, these were times filled with excitement, creating lifelong bonds, and memories lasting a lifetime. These are the extraordinary tales of ordinary people told by a man who was there to witness it all.
About the Author
Clay Sikes was born and raised on the Georgia Coast. After graduating from Georgia Southern in 1971, he returned to the coast and found his way into real estate, an industry that was about to experience a rapid boom.