- Pretty Cumberland Island is home to east coast America's only really wild horse herd. The island's 150 horses are descendants from domestic horses used in local Civil War battles
Horses are par for the course in the Wild West, but there are a few roaming the wild east of America as well.
Cumberland Island - off the Atlantic coast of Georgia - is home to the only unmanaged feral herd of horses on the east coast. Pretty much deserted, the island’s former grand inhabitants have moved on but the horses have remained. They’ve been snapped, over a decade of visits, by French photographer Anouk Masson Krantz.
Pretty Cumberland Island is made up of white sand beaches, immense rolling dunes, old growth maritime forests and a salt marsh tidal estuary. It’s only accessible by boat and there’s only one hotel to choose from - The Greyfield Inn, one of the few buildings on the island that isn’t a majestic ruin.
As well as being home to around 150 wild horses, the island has had a chequered history. It's thought that horses originally would have arrived with Spanish settlers in the 17th century. There were plantations and Civil War battles there in the 19th century, after which the wealthy Carnegies bought most of it in the 1880s.
The legendary industrialist family lived there with their own horses but it was sold to the National Park Service in 1972. A descendant of the original owner, Thomas Carnegie, Oliver ‘Mitty’ Ferguson runs the island's hotel.
The Cumberland horses aren’t native to the island but as they're descended from domestic breeds, it's thought their ancestors must have escaped during the Civil War.