In 1733, General James Oglethorpe named Jekyll Island in honor of Sir Joseph Jekyll, his friend and financier from England. In the late 1800s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive hunting club for families with names like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, and Baker. The once private retreat is now part of The Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District, one of the largest preservation projects in the southeast.
In 1947, the Governor and the Georgia state legislature established Jekyll Island as a State Park. To read more history, click here
My husband and I went to Jekyll Island, GA for our 21st wedding anniversary. To say this place is lovely, is putting it too mildly — it’s gorgeous!
We arrive Saturday (May 21) evening and walked along the Northside Beach with a full moon light dancing along the waves. We stayed at a hotel in Brunswick, a small town outside of the island, and came back Sunday morning. For the small amount of $6 to get into the park (this parking ticket lasts for 24 hours), there was so much to do – beach, biking, hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, water slides, turtle education, and more – we will definitely be going back!
A small shout-out to Larry’s Giant Subs for making such delicious subs for lunch!