Musgrove Conferences provide the opportunity for a small group of participants to engage in open discussion and stimulating debate on timely and pivotal issues. The Sapelo Foundation convenes conferences at Musgrove at its discretion.
Musgrove, St. Simons Island, Georgia
Overlooking a picturesque, state-protected, salt marsh, Musgrove is a 600-acre estate on the banks of historic Village Creek, and is the part-time home of the descendants of Smith Bagley.
When it is not being used for family gatherings, Musgrove serves as a creative retreat for policy-makers, influential thinkers, and progressive activists from around the world. President Jimmy Carter held his first pre-inaugural Cabinet meeting in the seclusion of Musgrove.
Community organizers, environmental activists, journalists, senators, ambassadors, and secretaries of state have come to Musgrove to debate, reflect, plan and renew their spirits.
Musgrove had its beginnings in 1938 when Nancy and Henry Bagley purchased the original tract of land along the banks of Village Creek. Committed to preserving the natural integrity of the estate, Mr. and Mrs. Bagley built a compound of cottages. Six separate houses accommodate family and guests at Musgrove. The largest building on the grounds, the Grove House, is a spacious, two storied recreation room, and is an ideal place for seminars. From campaign finance reform to poultry worker organizing to international relations to launching of new electoral reform and youth organizations, Musgrove has served as the setting for activists and intellectuals to reflect and prepare to act.
The Musgrove facility is also available for private events such as weddings, meeting, retreats and family reunions. Contact The Sapelo Foundation for more information.
The Sapelo Foundation Musgrove Conferences 2000-2015:
Southern Rural Development Initiative – “Jump-starting Community Based Development in Rural Georgia” convening leaders from the political, philanthropic, grassroots, community development, and civil rights sectors of Georgia to create a multi-year effort to increase public and private resources available for community-based development in rural Georgia.
Forest Trust – “Treating Public Forests To Reduce Fire Risk” convening national experts to facilitate the development of a scientifically sound, balanced approach to reducing the risk of wildfire on public land.
Southern Regional Council – “Forging New Coalitions in the 21st Century” bringing African-American and Latino/a leaders in Georgia together into partnership around common issues and concerns.
Georgia Wildlife Federation – “The Future of Georgia’s Water Resources, A Visionary Approach to Water Management for the Next 100 Years” reviewing the Georgia Water Coalition’s past year and discussing future strategies to ensure water resource protection and management.
Center for Policy Alternatives – “Workforce Supports Leadership” convening Georgia legislators to discuss issues pertaining to workers’ rights and systemic problems associated with the treatment of workers in Georgia.
Georgia Conservancy – “Global Warming in Georgia” convening members of the Georgia Air Coalition and other experts to discuss global warming and its potential effects in Georgia.
GALEO Latino Community Development Fund – “Latino Conference at Musgrove 2009” convening state leaders to discuss immigration policy and other issues affecting the Latino community in Georgia.
Building a Progressive Policy Strategy in Georgia – convening of nonprofit leaders and others to learn about models in other states and resources available to facilitate progressive social change.
ProGeorgia Retreat – convening of Georgia nonprofit leaders for organizational planning purposes.
New Americans Initiative Retreat – a convening to envision, examine and strategize ways to increase civic engagement and issue advocacy among Georgia’s new Americans – Latino and Asian citizens new to our state.
Georgia Water Coalition Strategic Visioning and Planning Retreat – Members of the Georgia Water Coalition Leadership Team gather to create a long-term vision for the Georgia Water Coalition, reaffirm its mission and goals and discuss new strategies to achieve them.