Red Bug

Red Bugs

In the 1920s, the best way to get around Jekyll was in a jaunty electric roadster By Rebecca Burns Banish visions of Teslas and Prius Primes; the eco-friendly runabout favored by tobacco tycoon Pierre Lorillard and his fellow Jekyll Island Club members was an open-air…

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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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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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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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Jekyll Causeway Entrance

Historic Gates

The welcoming landmark is a nod to an enduring architectural myth By Rebecca Burns As they pass the ornate Spanish-style entrance towers on the causeway, many visitors to Jekyll Island assume they are glimpsing a century-old monument, possibly even a vestige of the island’s pre–Revolutionary…

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Villa Ospo

Villa Ospo

The home of a Roaring Twenties tycoon embodies the welcoming spirit of past owners. By Rebecca Burns In 1955, a couple from Decatur, Georgia, visited Jekyll Island and fell under the spell of an abandoned historic cottage called Villa Ospo. Entranced by its decaying grandeur…

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The Gun Mounts

The Gun Mounts

Now shrouded in overgrowth, two mysterious cannon emplacements offer a glimpse into Jekyll’s past By Charles Bethea In 1965, a pair of surveyors stumbled across two cast-iron Civil War–era gun mounts—also known as emplacements—jutting out of the dunes along the southwestern side of Jekyll Island.…

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Horton House

The Horton House

Centuries of Georgia history live within its ruined walls By Rebecca Burns Today, visitors to Jekyll Island most often use the Horton House as a backdrop for portraits. “We see so many people there taking pictures. They love the rustic tabby,” says Andrea Marroquin, program…

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