Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Six years after its founding, British soldiers at Fort Frederica played a key role in the conflict with the Spanish, defeating them at the Battle of Bloody Marsh on St. Simons Island and ending the Spanish effort to claim Georgia.

A year later, more than 1,000 people were living at Fort Frederica.

But after the British and Spanish signed a treaty in 1748, the soldiers at Fort Frederica were no longer needed for defense and were withdrawn. Without the military and the extra provisions from Britain, about half of the civilians at Fort Frederica left. A decade later, in 1758, a fire swept through Fort Frederica.

Fort Frederica lasted only 22 years, but it had a lasting effect. Georgia, a British colony, was one of the original 13 colonies in the United States of America.

Our time at the beach is almost over. Soon we will be engrossed with daily activities of school, work and activities. While we might view these activities as permanent, and often feel as thought they might never end, they only inhabit a temporary part of our lives, a transitory part. As we leave, I hope we take with us the knowledge that all is temporary except what is created by God.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.