Sandfly, Georgia isn’t a tourist destination. It isn’t well-known. It’s seen by many as just the passage way from town to Isle of Hope or Dutch Island. But, we know better.
Sandfly may not be famous, but it’s our home. Our community. It’s special to those who live here. It’s a place for family dinners, a great cup of coffee, a place to grab the latest trendy clothes, home decor and gifts. It’s a hub of thriving local businesses. Need dry cleaning? Check. We have it in Sandfly. Need your nails done? Check. We have it in Sandfly. Looking for antiques? Check. We have it in Sandfly. Need a teeth cleaning? Check. In our little intersection, there are so many places that we sometimes take for granted. (I know when the grocery store closed, this was realized by many!)
Sandfly didn’t start out this way though. It’s rich in history, but it’s history is hard to find. A wikipedia page dedicated to Sandfly says all of two sentences: “Sandfly is an unincorporated community in Chatham County, Georgia, United States. It is also known as Sand Fly.”
This article by Savannah Morning News- Sandfly Gets Historical Marker (2003) – dives a bit more into Sandfly’s history. If you’re a resident, a frequent guest, a Sandfly inhabit by extension (Isle of Hope/Dutch Island), it’s worth the read. Even if you’re not.
Here’s an excerpt:
” “Sandfly bite me” sang the African-American slave boatmen as they paddled around marshes and swatted away swarming gnats in the area where Skidaway Road meets some of Savannah’s extended history.
So prevalent were the hard-biting, two-winged flies that the area was memorialized with a name: Sandfly.”