Jekyll Island, GA, May 14 & 15, 2023

We arrived on Jekyll Island on Mother’s Day. The island was packed with local weekenders and day visitors, celebrating the holiday. There was a long line of cars waiting to get through the entry gate. We ventured out for a cold beer at a crowded open-air restaurant/bar, checked out the famous Driftwood Beach  and decided to tour most of the island the following day.

The campground was okay. It was pretty busy and there wasn’t a lot of space or any privacy between sites. Many of the campers were speeding around in golf carts, which they used to get around the island. The highlight was the bird sanctuary. It was an area with many bird feeders and a couple of swinging benches. We were able to see several painted buntings there, which I had not seen in a couple of years.

On a Monday morning we walked around the historic district and had the whole place to ourselves. During the late 19th and 20th centuries, the area was the vacation destination for many of the most wealthy millionaires and industrialists in the country. The historic buildings were once their cottages.  It was there in 1910, that draft legislation was written to create the Federal Reserve. The residents were asked to evacuate during WWll. Most of them never returned.

All of the land and buildings on Jekyll Island are owned by the state of Georgia. Land and buildings are leased to residents and businesses. Some  cottages in the historic district are used for special events. Guided tours of the district are also available.

At one point I considered how the homes of the wealthy and privileged men from that time period are now museums or national historic sites.  Even the names of all of the poor servants, cooks, gardeners, etc. are long forgotten. There is no recognition or remembrance of them. I managed to put the thought out of my mind and enjoy the beautiful weather and sights.


Our camsite at Jekyll Island Campground
The bird sanctuary at Jeckyll Island Campground. Unfortunately I was unable to capture any photos of the Painted Buntings, one of my favorite birds. There were several at the feeders.
Jekyll Island, GA
Low tide at the Jekyll Island Fishing Pier
Near the Jekyll Island Fishing Pier
A couple was catching blue crabs and filling a cooler at the Jekyll Island Fishing Pier
Horton House, Jekyll Island GA
This house was built in 1743 for Major William Horton. It is the oldest structure on the island.
Dubignon Cottage, built in 1884
Jekyll Island, GA
Jekell Island Club, built in 1886. It was originally a private club. Today it is a hotel and event venue.
Plantation Oak, the largest and oldest tree on Jekyll Island. 7’~3″ diameter • 128′ limb to limb, 23′ girth, 112′ high, Estimated age 350 years. It is a Live oak. Plantation Oak is its name.
Strachan Carriage House, built in 1910, Jekyll Island
Walking around Jekyll Island historic district, the scent of magnolias was everywhere.
Cherokee, built in 1904, Jekyll Island
The Wharf is a restaurant built on the pier in the Jekyll Island historic district. It wasn’t open when we were there, early on a week day.
Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Island, GA
This area was once a maritime forest. After many decades of erosion, only dead trees remain.
Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Island, GA
Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Island, GA
Beautiful Red Pines at Jekyll Island Campground