The morning after our anniversary celebration, Henry slept in while I got up early to watch the sunrise at Driftwood Beach.
A Brief History of Jekyll Island and the Jekyll Island Club:
- 1886 – The island was purchased for $125,000 by wealthy American industrialists to create a hunting retreat, the Jekyll Island Club.
- 1888 – The Jekyll Island Club opened.
- 1896 – The San Soucie (meaning ‘Without Care’) was built with six units. It is one of the earliest condominium buildings in the United States. William Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan were two of the owners.
- 1910 – A plan was made for the Federal Reserve Banking System during a secret meeting of the Jekyll Island Club.
- 1915 – The first transcontinental call was made by one of the club members.
- 1947 – The State of Georgia purchased Jekyll Island for $675,000 and the island became a state park.
- 1972 – The Jekyll Island Club was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
- 1985 – 1986 – The Jekyll Island Club was completely restored and opened in 1986 as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
- Today, Jekyll Island is a popular beach destination on Georgia’s coast with several hotels, a campground, easy access to miles of beach, and many activities to enjoy.
Here are a few images from around today’s Jekyll Island Club Resort. Click on an image for a closer look.
We took some scenic drives around the 7 1/2 mile long and 1 1/2 mile wide island. At the fishing pier on the north end of the island we had a great view of the Sydney Lanier Bridge and the Golden Ray cargo ship.
We came across some birds as we wandered around the island.
On September 8, 2019 the Korean cargo ship the Golden Ray left the port of Brunswick loaded with cars shortly before it ran aground in the St. Simons sound. The ship caught fire and thankfully, all of the 24 crew members were rescued. Since then, a special response team has been working to remove the ship. Recently, the team has put the efforts on hold because of COVID-19 and hurricane season. For more information go to St. Simons Sound Response.