A spectacular celebration of 75 years as Jekyll Island State Park

Jekyll Island Club Resort

Friday, January 28, 2022, 6-10:30 P.M.

As a nod to mid-century amusement, live acts will entertain throughout the night with appearances by musical talents and special performers, like the Aqualillies, a water ballet company. And, let’s not forget a spectacular fireworks show capping off the cocktail hour.

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“A playground that now belongs to every Georgian.”

Governor Melvin Thompson
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The State of Georgia Purchases Jekyll Island
The state of Georgia purchased Jekyll Island from the Jekyll Island Club through condemnation proceedings for $675,000.
Open to the Public
Jekyll Island opened to the public as a State Park.
Jekyll Island Authority
Jekyll Island Authority was established by Governor Talmadge and tasked with developing the island into a resort.
Drawbridge
Drawbridge to the island was completed and opened, and Tallu Fish founded the Jekyll Island Museum, operating out of Indian Mound Cottage.
New Construction
Perimeter road around the island was paved. A Beach Pavilion was constructed at one of the only beaches open to African Americans in the south during segregation.
Peppermint Land
Peppermint Land
Peppermint Land Amusement Park opened.
CONTINUED IMPROVEMENTS
The Historic Gates welcomed guests onto the causeway starting in 1958. Also, the first beach hotel on the island, Jekyll Estates, opened.
Dolphin Club Lounge
The Dolphin Club
The first black-owned motel, The Dolphin Club, opened, and later became a group camp and youth center.
Aquarama
Aquarama
The Aquarama was completed, and construction began on the first 18-hole golf course.
Airport
Funding was provided to pave the grass strip at the airport and construct a small support building.
Fishing Pier
The fishing pier was built on the north end of the island.
National Historic Landmark District
Jekyll Island’s historic district achieved Landmark District status, becoming known as the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District.
Bike Path
Construction of the first bike path began.
Georgia 4-H
The Dolphin Club, along with the auditorium and beach pavilion, were leased to the University of Georgia for 4-H summer camp, and later year-round youth environmental programs.
Jekyll Island Club Hotel
The original Clubhouse of the Jekyll Island Club was renovated and later opened as a hotel.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center opened in the renovated power plant of the Jekyll Island Club.
Hampton Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites
The Hampton Inn opens, the first new hotel built on Jekyll Island in over 30 years.
Great Dunes Park
Great Dunes Beach Park
Great Dunes Park opens as a reimagined beachfront park with picnic pavilions, an activities deck, play areas, bocce ball and volleyball courts.
Convention Center
The new Jekyll Island Convention Center opened.
Revitalization
A pinnacle year for revitalization, the new shopping center, Beach Village, and hotels Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island and The Westin Jekyll Island open. The Jekyll Island Foundation also completes their Horton Pond and Skeet House projects.
75 Years as State Park
Jekyll Island celebrates 75 years since the State of Georgia purchased the island from the Jekyll Island Club.