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Southern Serenade: Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway

Program Number: 5907RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/25/2013 - 5/3/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Florida
Price starting at: $3,670.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Focus on rich history, natural beauty and music as you sail among and visit the grand antebellum homes, quaint fishing villages, birding habitats, barrier islands and saltwater marshes that compose the protected Intracoastal Waterway of the Old South.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles, uneven terrain, getting on and off motor coach.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Grand Mariner, 8 nights.



Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.



Day 1:
Arrival Jacksonville, FL / embark Grande Mariner:

An introduction to the week’s activities is followed by entertainment courtesy of the onboard musician.



Day 2:
Amelia Island:

A field trip to Amelia Island includes the historic district of Fernandina Beach and Fort Clinch.



Days 3-4:
Cumberland Island, Ga.:

Disembark the Grande Mariner and board the privately owned Cumberland Princess to Cumberland Island, where an expert-led island walk takes you through a live oak forest and onto pristine beaches.



Day 5:
Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island:

Representatives from the Jekyll Island Authority accompany you in the island’s historic district to visit the Millionaire’s Village and the Jekyll Island Hotel, one-time social hub of the Jekyll Island elite. A field trip to St. Simons Island includes the historic district of St. Simons.



Day 6:
Savannah:

This shining city of the American South is opened to you on an expert-led field trip to its famously beautiful squares, vast historic district and fascinating Maritime Museum.



Day 7:
Beaufort, S.C.:

Hear about historic Beaufort’s significance during the Civil War on a horsedrawn carriage ride through the village and by its beautiful, ocean-side homes.



Days 8–9:
Charleston, SC / disembark / departure:

Visit the Citadel with its flag-bedecked Cadet Church, the historic Palmer Home, and a plantation and its adjoining gardens outside the city.



Grande Mariner

This three-deck American ship was designed to fit in smaller areas that large cruise ships cannot navigate. At 183 feet long by 40 feet wide, it can carry up to 86 passengers on an exclusive sailing for Road Scholar. Public areas linked by stairs.


Meals and Lodgings
   Grande Mariner
  Jacksonville, FL
Fernandina Beach, FL
St. Marys, GA
Anchor Intracoastal Waterway
Savannah, GA
Beaufort, SC
Charleston, SC
8 nights
 Grande Mariner
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: We offer the guests the opportunity to go where the big ships cannot. Our niche is exploring some of America's most historic waterways in a style reminiscent of private yacht vacations of a bygone era.
  Ship Information: Length: 183' Beam: 40' Draft: 6'6" Passenger Capacity: 100 Passenger Cabins: 50 Built By: Blount Industries, Inc., Warren, Rhode Island Commissioned: 1997
  Contact info: 461 Water Street
Warren, RI 02885 USA
phone: 800-556-7450
web: blountsmallshipadventures.com
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning. All cabins feature fresh air ventilation systems, which continuously feed in fresh air and remove "used" air. Only 110-Volt AC appliances may be used. Electric shavers and toothbrushes may be operated without converters.
  Facility amenities: GRANDE Mariner features all the special designs that have made ACCL cruises so successful, as well as some new designs. The patented bow ramp allows passengers to disembark without the need for docks or jetties. The shallow draft lets the ship sail through shallow waterways. The retractable pilot house is ideal for sailing under low bridges and locks. The ship also features a stern swimming platform and two launches (one of them with a glass bottom) which can be boarded from the stern. All cabins feature fresh air ventilation systems, which continuously feed in fresh air and remove "used" air.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  The ship cannot accommodate stayovers before or after the cruise. For more information, please refer to the "Getting There" section of this booklet.
  Additional nights after:  The ship cannot accommodate stayovers before or after the cruise. For more information, please refer to the "Getting There" section of this booklet.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Embarkation 4:00 pm, Jacksonville, FL. You will be staying at Grande Mariner that night.
  End of Program:
Disembarkation 9:00 am, Charleston, SC. You will be staying at Grande Mariner the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Due to the homeland security regulations for ships,a driver's license or passport number is required. Either number will work. You DO NOT have to bring a passport with you. Please complete the attached form and return it with your completed Participant Information Form. Those completing the online Participant Information Form should call the office or email the necessary information: (229) 924-7338 or ctredad@att.net.
  Parking availability:
You may leave your cars at the Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport for the duration of the cruise.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jacksonville, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Jacksonville, FL
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Charleston, SC
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville Airport to Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Airport Shuttle
phone: 904-741-4184

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

Call the hotel, 904-741-4184, to arrange a pick up and meet the shuttle at the north end of Baggage Claim.

 

Jacksonville Airport to Cruise Ship, Jacksonville City Dock

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Shuttle
phone: 904-353-8880

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$24 for 1st person, $8 each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles approximately

   

Advance reservations are not required. You may, however, call upon arrival and still get service.

 
Driving Directions
  Directions to Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport 14565 Duval Road Jacksonville, FL 32218, USA Phone: 904-741-4184 Directions from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX): Leaving from the airport terminal, follow the exit signs to I-95 along Airport Road. At the first traffic light (Duval Road) turn right and continue approximately 1/4 mile. The Hyatt Place will be on the right at the first street to the right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Jacksonville, FL/Ringing of the Bell/Orientation and Welcome
(Thursday, April 25)
   
 Arrive To: Participants will arrive ready to embark by 4 p.m.
 Dinner: Listen for the ringing of the quaint, hand-held Colonial bell as one of the energetic crew members walks the ship to invite guests to the dining room. Menus are posted daily. There is an open-seating policy.
 Evening: Orientation and welcome. The coordinator will go over the week's activities, followed by entertainment by our onboard musician.
   
Accommodations: Grande Mariner
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, FL
(Friday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. in the dining room. The ship will depart Jacksonville, Fla., on its way to Fernandina Beach, Fla. Birding will take place on the top deck at 7 a.m. each morning for the birding enthusiast.
 Morning: Field trip on Amelia Island includes the historic district of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Fort Clinch and the beach area.
 Lunch: Your motor coach will take you back to the ship for lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: The Amelia Island field trip continues with free time left in the afternoon for you to wander the streets of the quaint town of Fernandina Beach, Fla.
 Dinner: At 5 p.m., you are invited to the Captain's Reception in the lounge. Dinner will be in the dining room immediately following the reception. Listen for the ringing of the bell.
 Evening: Entertainment is always a treat. Arrangements will be finalized nearer to the program date.
   
Accommodations: Grande Mariner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fernandina Beach, Fla. Excursions/Cruise Time/Cumberland Island Presentation
(Saturday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the dining room.
 Morning: Fernandina Beach excursions continue.
 Lunch: Dining aboard.
 Afternoon: You will have free time in the afternoon before departing this lovely historic village for St. Marys, Ga.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in the Grand Dining Room.
 Evening: A historian will present a lecture on Cumberland Island, along with a slide presentation in preparation for the next day's field trip to Cumberland.
   
Accommodations: Grande Mariner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cumberland Island Field Trip/Picnic on Cumberland/Entertainment
(Sunday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the dining room.
 Morning: At 9 a.m., leave for Cumberland Island excursion. You will disembark your ship and travel to Cumberland on the Cumberland Princess, a privately owned boat. Cumberland allows a limited number of guests a day. There are no vehicles and no transportation allowed on Cumberland. This is a slow walk that goes from one side of the island to the other through the maritime forest and emerges on the beach of Cumberland. We will enjoy a picnic lunch under the giant and beautiful live oak trees. There are restrooms along the way at designated buildings. The expert leader will tell you all about this at the beginning, then again at lunch. The terrain is mainly flat with a few low dunes that have a path that goes through them. The beach is hard-packed sand.
 Lunch: You will enjoy a picnic lunch under the beautiful and ancient live oak trees.
 Afternoon: You will return to your ship in time to depart St. Marys and enjoy an afternoon of sailing before docking at Jekyll Island, Ga.
 Dinner: Dinner will be onboard in the dining room.
 Evening: Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Grande Mariner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Jekyll Island Trip/St. Simons Island Trip/Entertainment
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m. in dining room. Ship departs Savannah, Ga. at 3:30.
 Morning: The Jekyll Island Authority will pick you up from your ship for a field trip to the Millionaire's Village in the historic district of Jekyll Island. You will be riding in an open-air trolley and will be getting on and off the trolley to go into some of the old millionaire "cottages." You'll see the Jekyll Island Hotel, hub of the social life of the millionaire's, and restored to a grand hotel. You will see Faith Church, which has an original Tiffany stained-glass window. It is a wonderful field trip.
 Lunch: The trolley will take us back to the ship for lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: You will sail to Brunswick, Ga., where motor coaches await you for a field trip with historians to St. Simons Island, Ga.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the Grand Dining Room.
 Evening: Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Grande Mariner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Savannah, Ga. Trip/Entertainment
(Tuesday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the dining room.
 Morning: Ship arrives in Savannah, Ga. at 9 a.m. Trolleys will be waiting to take you on a field trip of historic Savannah, including the famous Savannah squares, historic district and the Maritime Museum. This field trip will continue after lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field trip of historic Savannah continues.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in the dining room.
 Evening: Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Grande Mariner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cruise Time/Echoes From Beaufort's Past
(Wednesday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8 a.m. in the Grand Dining Room. Ship departs Savannah, Ga., at 7 a.m.
 Morning: The morning will be sailing time to Beaufort, S.C. There will be early morning birding each day at 7 o'clock. Lectures and entertainment will be scheduled during the morning cruise to Beaufort.
 Lunch: Lunch in dining room.
 Afternoon: The Beaufort excursion will be a walking field trip or a horse-drawn carriage ride to see historic Beaufort and the beautiful homes by the ocean. This is an important location in the Civil War and you will hear about it on your field trip. You may choose to go on the walking exploration or the carriage exploration.
 Dinner: Dinner will be onboard in the dining room.
 Evening: Entertainment: "Echoes from Beaufort's Past."
   
Accommodations: Grande Mariner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Charleston, S.C. Trip/Entertainment and Farewells
(Thursday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8 a.m. in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Motor coaches will be waiting to take you on the field trip to historic Charleston, S.C. You will visit many important landmarks of the Civil War. A visit to the Citadel is included with entrance to the Cadet Church with its many flags displayed.
 Lunch: Your motor coach will take you back to the ship for lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Charleston field trip continues to include a plantation and gardens exploration outside Charleston.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in the dining room.
 Evening: Entertainment and final night.
   
Accommodations: Grande Mariner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Disembark/Charleston
(Friday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the dining room.
 Morning: At 9 a.m., a motor coach will shuttle the participants to the Charleston International Airport. If you need help with other arrangements for travel, please let us know and we'll try and give you some ideas. If you are traveling back to Jacksonville, Fla., you may take the Greyhound bus or rent a car at the airport and turn it in at the airport in Jacksonville. Greyhound's toll- free number is 1-800-231-2222 and its website is www.greyhound.com.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Short History of Charleston


Author: Robert N. Rosen


Description: A concise small history of Charleston that is easy to read and enjoyable.



A Witness to History: Charleston's Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon


Author: Ruth Miller and Ann Taylor Andrus


Description: The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the great buildings of Colonial America. Serving as city hall, customs house, post office and prison; as the British Headquarters during the occupation of Charles Towne and then host to a great ball honoring George Washington, the Exchange has been an eyewitness to America’s history. This stoic building-—designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975—-has been described as the best example of the dignity and ornament of the traditional English “exchange-town hall” design of the eighteenth century built in the United States. From within its Great Hall to deep below in the Provost Dungeon, the Exchange has played a vital role in American history. Andrus’ and Miller’s fast-paced and readable survey of the history and significance of the Old Exchange Building will appeal to visitor and serious historian alike.



Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach


Author: Ron Kurtz


Description: Eight flag history with contemporary photographs/Adult....Older children can benefit from the photography and the story



Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book: A Complete Guide, Fifth Edition (A Great Destinations Guide) [Paperback]


Author: Cecily McMillan


Description: Veteran author and 25-year-resident Cecily McMillan explores the unique intrigue of the Carolina Lowcountry region, examining its history, culture, and people, and provides authoritative recommendations for accommodations, dining, sight-seeing, and recreational activities. Whether you're visiting for a long weekend or renting a cottage on the coast for a week, anyone visiting this magical region will be able to experience the pleasures and pastimes and all new amenities and comforts the region has to offer. Whether your taste gravitates toward admiring historic architecture, savoring local gourmet cuisine in the finest restaurants, casting a net for shrimp, or bird-watching or kayaking, travelers of all persuasions will find the most up-to-date advice for where to go and what to do. 100 black & white photos, 5 maps.



Civil War Savannah


Author: Derek Smith


Description: Glimpse into the lives of the men and women who forever will be associated with Savannah through the wartime deeds



Cumberland Island: A History


Author: Mary Bullard


Description: Author Mary Bullard, widely regarded as the person most knowledgeable about Cumberland Island, is a descendant of the Carnegie family, Cumberland's last owners before it was acquired by the federal government in 1972 and designated a National Seashore. Bullard's discussion of the Carnegie era on Cumberland is notable for its intimate glimpse into how the family's feelings toward the island bore upon Cumberland's destiny.



Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses


Author: Charles Seabrook


Description: In Cumberland Island, Charles Seabrook uses his talent as an award-winning environmental writer to describe the island's natural bounty and to tell its long and intriguing history. You'll meet Catherine "Caty" Greene Miller, the widow of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene and the woman who inspired Eli Whitney to invent the cotton gin. She was also the inspiration behind Dungeness, the 30-room tabby mansion built on Cumberland Island in 1803. Another strong woman who currently resides on the island is Carol Ruckdeschel, a naturalist who was the subject of a John McPhee profile in the New Yorker in 1974. GoGo Ferguson and Carol were great friends until they disagreed on the future of the island. Their ensuing feud reveals the continuing debate among residents, conservationists, and developers about how the island should be managed. In Cumberland Island, Charles Seabrook provides a fascinating look into the history of one of America's greatest natural treasures.



Explorer's Guide Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands: A Great Destination (Seventh Edition) (Explorer's Great Destinations) [Paperback]


Author: Cecily McMillan


Description: Veteran author and 25+-year-resident Cecily McMillan explores the unique intrigue of the Carolina Lowcountry region, examining its history, culture, and people, and provides authoritative recommendations for accommodations, dining, sight-seeing, and recreational activities. Whether you're visiting for a long weekend or renting a cottage on the coast for a week, anyone visiting this magical region will be able to experience the pleasures and pastimes and all new amenities and comforts the region has to offer.



Fiction Trilogies by Eugenia Price


Author: Eugenia Price


Description: Savannah, To See Your Face Again, Before the Darkness Falls, Stranger in Savannah are based in Savannah. Lighthouse, Beloved Invader, New Moon Rising, and Bright Captivity, Where Shadows Go, The Waiting Time are based in St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Not all are currently in print-you may find some available only through used book shops or libraries



Images of Amelia Island


Author: Rob Hicks in association with the Amelia island Museum of History


Description: Light text with historic photographs, many from the Museum's collection/ Adult...Older children can benefit from the photography



Jekyll Island Club, The (GA) (Images of America)


Author: Jekyll Island Museum


Description: In the late nineteenth century, some of the wealthiest families in America joined together to form the Jekyll Island Club. The Club operated for 54 years, from 1888 until 1942, and attracted an elite membership. The families of Cyrus McCormick, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt were among those who enjoyed the leisurely pace and recreational adventure of the Georgia coast. The Jekyll Island Club includes images of the architecture, clothing, transportation, and natural beauty unique to the island. This exquisite collection is sure to rekindle awe and wonder in the hearts of those who have visited the island, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for newcomers. The Jekyll Island Club is a fascinating look at a bygone period. Show More Show Less



Jekyll Island: The Nearest Faraway Place


Author: unknown


Description: Jekyll Island's undisturbed beauty, combined with its pleasant year-round weather and refreshing ocean breezes, provides a breathtaking backdrop for a variety of wonderful experiences. Located midway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida, Jekyll Island is approximately 5,700 acres and the smallest of Georgia's barrier islands. As a tribute to the Island's allurement, the Jekyll Island Authority has published Jekyll Island The Nearest Faraway Place, a coffee table book recognizing the inspired talent of residents and guests and their ability to capture unique perspectives of our cherished Island. During the period of March through September 2010, a competition was conducted to discover photographs of, and poems about, Jekyll Island. Scenic images and inspiring narratives portraying Jekyll's beach and marsh, sunrise and sunsets, wildlife, nature, historic landmarks, and views from above were sought for inclusion in this project. Submissions included 70 from Georgia, 17 from different states, 4 from Canada and 1 from the United Kingdom. Results of the competition were announced and the winning selections are featured in the commemorative publication. Copyright of the selected works and all rights to publish became property of Jekyll Island Authority. Jekyll Island The Nearest Faraway Place is now currently available at the Visitor Information Center, the Commissary, the Jekyll Island Book Store, the Jekyll Island Museum Store, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Hattie's Books in Brunswick.



Life along the Inner Coast: A Naturalist's Guide to the Sounds, Inlets, Rivers, and Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk to Key West [Paperback]


Author: Robert and Alice Lippson


Description: For decades, marine scientists Robert and Alice Jane Lippson have traveled the rivers, backwaters, sounds, bays, lagoons, and inlets stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Keys aboard their trawler, Odyssey. The culmination of their leisurely journeys, Life along the Inner Coast is a guide to the plants, animals, and habitats found in one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet. It is a valuable resource for naturalists, students, and anyone who lives or vacations along the Atlantic inner coast.



Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


Author: John Berendt


Description: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.



Narrow Waters: An Artist's Memoir of Sailing Waterways [Paperback]


Author: Dee Carstarphen


Description: An artist's memoir of exploring the Atlantic Intracoastal and associated waterways under sail. Pen and ink text runs around and between hundreds of watercolor illustrations and chartlets.



Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733


Author: Preston Russell (Author), Barbara Hines (Author)


Description: Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733 offers a chronological view of Savannah history, including period photogrpahs and sketches. If you are acquainted with Savannah, this book will help solidify your knowlegde. If you are new to Savannah or need to learn more about the city, the book will increase your knowledge.



South of Broad


Author: Pat Conroy


Description: Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for. South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest; a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.



St. Simons Island (GA) (Images of America)


Author: Patricia Morris


Description: From the days of early tribes that hunted and fished to the tourists who later relaxed on the beaches, St. Simons Island has been part of the changing landscape of Georgia's coast. When Gen. James E. Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica to protect Savannah and the Carolinas from the threat of Spain, it was, for a short time, a vibrant hub of British military operations. During the latter part of the 1700s, a plantation society thrived on the island until the outbreak of the War Between the States. Never returning to an agricultural community, by 1870 St. Simons re-established itself with the development of a booming timber industry. And by the 1870s, the pleasant climate and proximity to the sea drew visitors to St. Simons as a year-round resort. Although the causeway had brought large numbers of summer people to the island, St. Simons remained a sleepy little place with only a few hundred permanent residents until 1941.



St. Simons Island: A Summary of Its History [Paperback]


Author: R. Edwin Green


Description: South of Savannah, along the picturesque and historic coastline of Georgia, lies a group of barrier islands known as the Golden Isles. This collection of coastal Sea Islands has attracted people—Native Americans, European settlers and vacationing sun-seekers—throughout history, for the islands’ bountiful resources and appealing climate. Perhaps the brightest jewel of these islands is St. Simons Island. The History Press is proud to release St. Simons Island: A Summary of its History, by local resident and historian Reverend Edwin Green. Green has compiled an informative volume, which highlights the unique and developing history of one of Georgia’s most popular Sea Islands.



The Golden Age of Amelia Island, Revised


Author: Suzanne Davis Hardee and Kathleen Davis Hardee Arsenault


Description: Late 19th Century history/Adult



The Jekyll Island Club


Author: Tyler E. Bagwell and The Jekyll Island Museum


Description: In the late nineteenth century, some of the wealthiest families in America joined together to form the Jekyll Island Club. The Club operated for 54 years, from 1888 until 1942, and attracted an elite membership. The families of Cyrus McCormick, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt were among those who enjoyed the leisurely pace and recreational adventure of the Georgia coast. The Jekyll Island Club includes images of the architecture, clothing, transportation, and natural beauty unique to the island. This exquisite collection is sure to rekindle awe and wonder in the hearts of those who have visited the island, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for newcomers. The Jekyll Island Club is a fascinating look at a bygone period.



The Seasons of Cumberland Island (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book)


Author: Fred Whitehead


Description: In The Seasons of Cumberland Island, naturalist and photographer Fred Whitehead captures the unique allure of the island's flora and fauna in 118 stunning full-color photographs. Moving through seasons punctuated by the comings and goings of such animals as the migratory birds that rest here in autumn and the loggerhead turtles that nest here in summer, the photographs reveal the subtle but important effect of cyclical change on the island's ecosystem. The lush color images, which are often paired with detailed captions, include spectacular views of muscadine vines and Virginia creeper in autumn, a prowling bobcat in winter, a springtime nest of pileated woodpeckers, and a green tree frog announcing an impending summer rain. Featuring a introduction on the importance of the complex ecosystems of barrier islands like Cumberland, the book informs as it enchants. Here is a stunning tribute to Cumberland's sublime treasures that also serves as a thoughtful reminder to respect and protect the wildness of our barrier islands.





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