Uncover Jekyll Island’s hidden gems this winter! Every January and February, Jekyll Island transforms into the ultimate game of hide and seek. Originally launched in 2002, this annual treasure hunt allows visitors to discover parts of the island they had yet to uncover and revisit their favorite spots, as well. During the two-month event, Jekyll Island staff hides our treasure- artesian glass orbs- throughout the island. If you should stumble upon one, it’s yours for keeps.
New batches of the treasures are hidden daily throughout the Historic District, golf courses, sandy shores, and wharfs. As seekers search out their prize, they likewise can take in all the island has to offer, hopefully uncovering a new island experience.
This game, though, represents more than an afternoon filled with treasure hunting. It likewise represents the storied past of Jekyll Island and details the historical purpose of these glass orbs. Island Treasures mimic glass floats once used on the nets of fishermen in the early 1900’s. The floats would sometimes break loose and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. Collecting these glass floats became a hobby in the 1950’s when the commercial fishing industry began using plastic and Styrofoam floats, making glass fishing floats rare, highly sought after and valuable Island Treasures.
The glass orbs hidden on Jekyll Island are carefully-crafted works of art from the talented hands of glass-blowers from across the country. This eclectic group of artists uses the same techniques for their modern pieces that have been used for 2,000 years to create glass art pieces.
The treasure hunters lucky enough to find one of these prize orbs can register their Island Treasure at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center to receive a biography of the respective artist and a certificate of authenticity. Treasure hunters who come up short, however, are not at a loss. The Jekyll Island Guest Information Center sells an array of our beautiful Island Treasures for purchase in-store throughout the year.
Won’t you join us on Jekyll Island? You never know what you may uncover.
For more information, call 912.635.3636 or visit www.jekyllisland.com.