Roadside attractions have a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s because I love things that are quirky and unusual; the things that you don’t see everyday. Or maybe it’s due to the budget conscious side of me that tries to stretch our travel budget just a little bit further, so we can see more, and do more without sacrificing the quality of our trip. Since many roadside attractions are free, I’ve found that adding one or two on each trip tends to ramp up the fun factor while giving my family an excuse to get out of the vehicle to stretch our legs.
You may have noticed that my recent trip to Florida was full of roadside attractions. I’ve shown you several, and believe me, there are more to come.
One of my personal favorites was the USS George Bancroft roadside attraction located just outside the gates of the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia. Located minutes off I-95, this stop was well worth the detour.
The USS George Bancroft SSBN-643 was commissioned in January of 1966 and served for over 27 years. When the Cold War ended, the need for the Franklin-class submarines decreased in favor of the newer Ohio-class models. The USS George Bancroft was decommissioned in 1993 and slated for scrapping.
That would have been the end of the USS George Bancroft, but members of a local submarine veteran’s group began a grassroots effort to save the Bancroft. Their efforts succeeded in securing the sail of the submarine, which was used to create the exhibit. Members of the community pitched in to construct an earthen hull which was covered with black gunite, a mixture of cement, sand and water.
The resulting “submarine in a sea of grass” that makes for an incredible photo op.
The exhibit was dedicated on April 7, 2000 while celebrating he 100th anniversary of the submarine forces.
While you’re welcome to walk along the cement hull, climbing on the sail, or command center, is strictly prohibited.
You’ll find plenty of parking in the Pass & ID parking lot- even plenty of room for RV’s.
This site gets a thumbs up from both of the teens.
Visiting Information for the USS George Bancroft SSBN-643 Command Exhibit Display:
Address: 1063 USS Tennessee Avenue Kings Bay, Georgia 31547
Phone: (912)882-2782 or alternate phone: (912)573-4714
Hours of Operation: Round the Clock