Sans Souci construction

Dawn of the Condo

One of the nation’s first condominiums is still a genteel retreat By Jeanée Ledoux The French name means “worry-free.” That’s just how the early owners of Sans Souci, including the banker J. P. Morgan, intended to spend their winter getaways on Jekyll Island. In 1896,…

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Shell Hunting

Down by the Seashore

With a little patience, shell hunting on Jekyll Island yields a bounty of oceanic treasures. By Christine Van DusenPhotography by Brian Austin Lee Jekyll Island’s sky is such an impossibly beautiful blue and its white-capped waters so serene, even the most stressed and cynical city…

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Jekyll Island Book Festival

Jekyll Island Book Festival

Event Details Turtle Stage | Authors’ Pavilion | Authors’ Alley | Wee Pub Stage | Jekyll Market Stage | The Westin Stage | Character Appearances | Presenting Authors | Southern Dinner & Book Signing | Supper on the Farm | Applications | Volunteers Authors’ Alley The newest addition to the…

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Horseshoe Crabs

The Indispensable Horse Shoe Crab

By Rebecca BurnsIllustrations by Andy Lowell Research on Jekyll could help this primordial creature, medical science, and an entire ecosystem Freaking out is understandable when encountering a horseshoe crab on the beach. After all, these ancient creatures have five pairs of legs, ten eyes, long…

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Beachview Club Pool

Where to Stay, Jekyll Style

By Christine Van DusenPhotography by Brian Austin Lee If variety is what you long for, the island proves more than accommodating Jekyll Island’s history as an exclusive, nearly inaccessible club for only the most well-heeled of American families is a fascinating footnote to what is…

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American Alligator

How to Get Along with Gators

By Candice Dyer Alligators live in peaceful plenitude on Jekyll Island‚ and wildlife experts keep a closer tab on them than you might imagine. Still‚ some generous distance is good for everyone. The scene at Horton Pond is eerily still. Even the insects are silent.…

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Photographer Ben Galland

Ben Galland

The local talent zooms in—and way out—on the Georgia coast By Margaret Evans Photography by Gabriel Hanway Ben Galland is a coastal Georgia boy‚ born and bred. The Brunswick business owner and photographer grew up on St. Simons‚ the lush barrier island where live oaks…

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Liberty ship buoyant apparatus

WWII on Jekyll

The war brought fear and change to the Golden Isles By Bill Warhop Sometimes, at low tide, beachcombers on Jekyllʼs northern end might stumble across a barnacle-encrusted wood-and-metal structure about sixteen feet long. This boat-like relic dates to World War II and was likely a…

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Tom Luse

Tom Luse

Film Producer: His long career has included memorable stops on Jekyll By Wendell Brock As the sun rises on Jekyll Island, the Atlantic Ocean laps at the gnarly, twisted trees of Driftwood Beach. Just another day in paradise—until you see a zombie writhing in the…

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The Wanderer slave ship

The Water and the Blood

By Rosalind Bentley Let the water and the bloodFrom Thy riven side which flowed,Be of sin the double cure,Save from wrath and make me pure.—from the spiritual “Rock of Ages” On November 28, 1858, more than 400 enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of Jekyll…

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Driftwood Beach

Frame Worthy

On Jekyll, inspiration awaits the photography-loving traveler at every turn. A little inside knowledge will elevate your shots from good to art. By Jeanée Ledoux Photography by Andrea Fremiotti With its historical structures, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife, Jekyll is the ideal place for a…

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Cemetery Gates

Shades of the Past

Past residents of Jekyll Island revisit us in stories—and maybe a passing scent, a set of footprints, or a pair of eyes carved in stone By Tony RehagenPhotography by Andrea FremiottiArchival images courtesy of The Jekyll Island Museum Archives It was almost midnight when I…

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