Stargazing

Starstruck

As I learned firsthand, gazing at Jekyll’s night sky is both more complicated and exactly as simple as it sounds By Elizabeth FlorioIllustrations by Kelsey Oseid My first attempt at serious stargazing ended in embarrassment. I’d traveled to Jekyll Island with my mom and young…

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John Dykes

The Lost Era

Shortly after World War II, as the once opulent island lay nearly deserted, no one knew if Jekyll would survive By Tony Rehagen Modern Jekyll Island has always been synonymous with breathtaking beauty and indulgent relaxation. Whether through the Gilded Age opulence of the private…

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Supervising controlled burn

A Cleansing Fire

Island caretakers aim to decrease risk of wildfires and improve ecology by blazing a path of their own By Rebecca BurnsPhotography by Brian Austin Lee On May 2, 2017, lightning struck Jekyll Island, igniting tall pines near the marina and causeway. The blaze ultimately consumed…

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Dolphin Club Lounge

When B. B. and Otis Played Jekyll

Late in the Jim Crowe era, the island became a place for legendary Black acts to perform By Jewel WickerPhotos courtesy of Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum From her home in College Park, Georgia, south of Atlanta, LaVances Givens rattles off fond memories of Jekyll Island…

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Campground Camping

Under The Trees

Jekyll Island Campground is a cost-friendly place to stay amid natural wonders … and maybe make a few friends, too It’s mid-February, and chilly morning winds are whipping Jekyll Island’s shores at 25 mph. Walk a few steps into Jekyll Island Campground, though, and two…

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Servants arriving by boat

In the Service of Others

By Tony Rehagen Behind the opulence of the Club Era are stories of hard-working people who kept Jekyll Island running Jekyll Island has many different histories, from the modern State Era, when Jekyll opened as a State Park, back through the Plantation and Colonial Eras,…

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Jekyll Island Miniature Golf

Island Time

Photography by Brian Austin Lee Noon or night, somebody on Jekyll is always on the clock – whether you see it or not 1:16pm: Jekyll Island Miniature Golf, North Beachview Drive & Shell Road The brontosaurus at Jekyll Island Miniature Golf is not exactly prehistoric,…

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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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Birding

Play On

By Elizabeth FlorioPhotography by Brian Austin Lee Jekyll’s most beloved recreational pursuits have more than stood the test of time At the Jekyll Island Club Resort (established 1888), guests can swing a croquet mallet on the front lawn, take high tea in the Grand Dining…

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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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Aquarama

Long Gone Summers

By Tony Rehagen Revisiting some of Jekyll’s most memorable forgotten attractions Jekyll Island has long been a vacation destination. Wealthy snowbirds flocked to its natural grandeur at the turn of the twentieth century. When the state took over the island in 1947, the goal was…

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Native American Midden

Time & Place

By Josh Green / Photography by Brian Austin Lee The reimagined Museum of Jekyll Island offers a mosaic of artifacts across human and natural history One breezy December afternoon at the eastern edge of Jekyll Island’s historic district, an unassuming white building that could pass…

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