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Island-Hopping Adventure on Three Barrier Islands: St. Simons, Sapelo, Jekyll

Program Number: 1384RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $949.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Go “island hopping” to experience firsthand the rich history and ecology of three barrier islands, from Civil War-era forts and lighthouses to the lavish millionaire cottages. Lush homes, gorgeous sandy beaches, culinary delights and fascinating cultural and maritime histories combine for a magical adventure on St. Simons, Sapelo and Jekyll Islands.


• Prepare for your field trip to Jekyll with lunch at the Jekyll Island Club hotel and learn how the island was made into a winter retreat for families including the Rockefellers and Pulitzers.
• Explore St. Simons battlegrounds, evocative churches, lighthouse and beaches and then board the Lady Jane shrimp vessel and identify the catch of the day from a drag net.
• After a ferry ride to Sapelo Island, join a local expert to learn the stories of the island.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to a half-mile, including beach and marsh walks; ferry ride to Sapelo.

Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.

St. Simons Island

Pristine waters and white sandy beaches make St. Simons Island a popular destination. Part of the Golden Isles, the landscape’s moss-draped oaks, shady lanes and creek-fed pockets of marsh create a thriving habitat for birds, turtles, armadillos and deer.

St. Simons Island resort hotel; full-service dining room, lounge and pool side tiki bar surrounded by three championship golf courses.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Georgia Graves

Georgia Graves has an exciting role coordinating teacher-training workshops on Georgia’s sea turtles, shorebirds, marine mammals and coastal ecology for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of 26 such reserves in North America. Georgia leads nature and history programs on Sea Island, St. Simons, Sapelo, Jekyll and Cumberland islands, and works with Georgia’s sea turtle conservation project.
Tricia Buie

Tricia Buie makes history come alive through her work with Civil War reenactments and as a living history presenter throughout the Southeast, specializing in the lives of 19th-century women. She is a Coastal Georgia Historian for the Center for Educational Adventure, and is a volunteer docent for the Coastal Georgia Historic Lighthouse and Hofwyl Plantation. Tricia and her husband have personally researched and restored 6 historic homes, and they presently reside in a 108 year-old farmhouse.
Cindy Doehring

Having grown up on St. Simons Island, Cindy Doehring is quite knowledgeable of the island and the surrounding area. She holds a degree in kindergarten-9th grade education, has taught at the elementary and middle school levels and worked with the County Superintendent of Schools for eight years. Cindy served as the director of the Elderhostel Program at “Epworth by the Sea” for 16 years, and today enjoys leading groups on field trips around the island and other places of historical interest.
Michele Johnson

Michele Nicole Johnson is an artist, librarian and writer on Sapelo Island, Georgia, where she manages the Hog Hammock Public Library. She also works as a public relations specialist at Georgia Sea Grant at the University of Georgia and as an information specialist at College of Coastal Georgia. Michele is the author of “Sapelo Island’s Hog Hammock” and “Kindred Spirits: Family Legends & Childhood Memories.”
Meals and Lodgings
   Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
  St. Simons Island, GA 5 nights
 Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is centrally located on St. Simons Island and close to everything the Golden Isles have to offer: the finest beaches and golf courses, restaurants, historical sites, water sports and shopping. Your resort hotel has an outdoor pool, rooms that overlook the golf course or tidal marshlands, and all of this in the surrounds of giant live oak trees. Each guest room has a small refrigerator and sink. The deluxe rooms are some of the largest standard guest rooms in the Golden Isles. With breathtaking views from a screened porch or sunroom overlooking the marsh or golf course, the recently renovated rooms offer two double beds, a large bathroom with double sink vanity, a refrigerator, coffee maker and a wet bar.
  Contact info: 5445 Frederica Rd
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-3351 xor18008416268
  Room amenities: Coffee maker Complimentary Internet Access-Wireless Iron and Ironing Board Kitchenette in select rooms Dinner/Cookware Private Deck/Balcony in select rooms Refrigerator Rollaway Beds Workspace Non-Smoking Rooms Voicemail Wake-Up Calls
  Facility amenities: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort offers 27 holes of golf on three newly renovated courses. Enjoy spectacular views of the marsh while placing challenging shots over lagoons and beneath the majestic live oaks. Two pristine swimming pools, both with children’s wading areas, are located on the property. One is adjacent to the guest rooms and restaurant and the other is at the tennis and fitness center facility. Enjoy the tiki bar located beside the pool and the Putters Room and bar. For fitness enthusiasts, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new fitness facility as part of the existing tennis and fitness center. State of the art resistance and aerobic equipment will help keep you in shape while on vacation or attending a conference. Bicycles may be rented for full- and half-days at the Golf Pro shop. Biking is the perfect way to experience the beauty of St. Simons Island to its fullest. All guests of Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort may enjoy unlimited access to the St. Simons Beach Club, located right on the Atlantic Ocean and just a four mile drive from the resort.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for seasonal rate. Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for seasonal rate. Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM Hotel Check-In begins; 5:00 PM Road Scholar Orientation begins in the Conference Center of Sea Palms Resort. You will be staying at Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes by 10:00 AM, after the morning presentation. Hotel check-out time is 11 am. You will be staying at Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. If you have a Senior Pass, Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass, please bring it with you.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at hotel for duration of program.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Simons Island, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Brunswick, GA
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Glynn County Airport in Brunswick, GA.
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Simons Island, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Jacksonville, FL


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$120.00 for up to two people. This includes sales tax but not gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour 25 minutes 




77 miles


They require advanced reservations and accept all major credit cards.


Brunswick, GA


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$53.00 for up to two people. This includes sales tax but not gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




10 miles


Advanced reservations required. They accept all major credit cards.


Savannah, GA


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$159 for up to two people. This includes sales tax but not gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour 35 minutes 




85 miles


Advanced reservations required. They accept all major credit cards.

Driving Directions
  From Atlanta, GA to Sea Palms Resort On St. Simons Island, GA DIRECTIONS TO SEA PALMS FROM ATLANTA, GA I-75 South to Macon - I-16 East to Savannah - 1-95 South to Georgia Exit #38 - Turn left off ramp onto Georgia Spur 25 - Spur 25 will merge with US Hwy 17 South after eight traffic signals - Follow US Hwy 17 South to third traffic signal and turn left onto the St. Simons Island (Torras) Causeway - Arriving on the island, bear left at the round-a-bout, onto Sea Island Road. - Proceed approximately 2.5 miles to the traffic signal and turn left, (Frederica Road) - Sea Palms Guest Registration building is 1.5 miles on the left - Clubhouse and Conference Center are across the street on Windward Drive
  From Jacksonville, FL to Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, GA I-95 North to Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, GA - Turn right off ramp to US Hwy 17 North - Proceed approximately ten miles to the St. Simons Island (Torras) Causeway - Turn right onto causeway - Arriving on the island, bear left at the round-a-bout, onto Sea Island Road. - Proceed approximately 2.5 miles to the traffic signal and turn left, (Frederica Road) - Sea Palms Guest Registration building is 1.5 miles on the left - Clubhouse and Conference Center are across the street on Windward Drive
Equipment Requirements: Binoculars are good for birding.
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: Registration and Orientation
(Sunday, February 8)
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 4 p.m. at the Frederica Road Sea Palms Resort Registration and Check-in Center. After checking in and receiving your room key, come to the designated meeting room at the conference center (map will be given to you at check-in) to register with your Group Leader and pick up your arrival packet. Orientation will begin at 5:00 pm in the designated room in the conference center. We will review the schedule and any updates and answer any questions you may have. All activities described in your program will take place but the daily itinerary may have to be altered. We appreciate your understanding. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: St. Simons Beach/Marsh Study Field Trip/ St. Simons Island History Field Trip/Turtles Of The Sea
(Monday, February 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning your naturalist will lead you on an exciting beach and marsh walk. You will come away with new information about the marshes and beaches that will amaze you and probably surprise you at the same time. Wear tennis shoes and don't worry about the marsh walk getting your shoes wet and muddy. When the tide recedes, the sand in the marshes is actually very hard and easy to walk on. You will be on the edge of the salt marsh because, of course, we don't want to disturb the environment. The beach walk is beautiful at any time of the year. You will discover many facts about the beach and the critters that make their home in the sand or in shells or other places that you may not have thought could be a home. It is a fun and exciting afternoon with one of our top instructors.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular island restaurant.
 Afternoon: St. Simons Field Trip. Prepare for the St. Simons Island field trip by reviewing the history of one of Georgia's renowned Golden Isles (along with Sea Island, Jekyll Island and privately owned Little St. Simons Island). It is also the largest of the Golden Isles. After being cultivated by English colonists for rice and cotton plantations worked by large populations of African slaves, who created the unique Gullah culture, the island since the early 20th century has been developed as a resort community. It has many seasonal residents, as well as a steady base of year-round residents. Many of the residents have settled here after retiring in other parts of Georgia or the United States. A stopover at Fort Frederica will allow time to walk among the ancient live oaks while going back in time to review the history with an expert. Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia from the Spanish in Florida. Colonists from England, Scotland, and the Germanic states came to Georgia to support this endeavor. Other stops on St. Simons will include The St. Simons Lighthouse, tiny seaside village, avenue of oaks and more.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Lecture on "Turtles of the Sea." Sea turtles are some of the largest turtles in the world and live in almost every ocean of the world. Their smooth shells and paddle-like flippers help them speed through the water as fast as 15 mph. These long-distance travelers have been known to swim up to 3,000 miles. Although sea turtles cannot withdraw their heads into their shells, the adults are protected from predators by their shells, large size and thick scaly skin on their heads and necks. Your instructor will share with you the efforts being made to save the turtles, the turtle-excluder devices used by the shrimping industry and more.
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Jekyll Island Field Trip/Lunch At Jekyll Island Club Hotel/Barrier Island Dynamics of Coastal Georgia
(Tuesday, February 10)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the conference area.
 Morning: Bus leaves for Jekyll Island field trip. A visit to the Jekyll Island Museum will include exhibitions featuring objects and photographs from extensive collections and introduce you to the rich heritage of Jekyll Island, whose social and architectural legacy is reflected in the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District, a 240-acre riverfront compound and one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States. Founded in 1886, the Jekyll Island Hotel was the winter retreat for some of America's most elite families. Club rolls included such names as Morgan, Astor, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Pulitzer. Here, on this small barrier island off Georgia's beautiful coast, they shaped a private world of grand cottage residences around a Queen Anne-style clubhouse. Much of that world has been carefully preserved and faithfully restored in the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District, where you will be a welcomed guest.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the historic Jekyll Island Hotel. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Enjoy elegant surroundings and simple pleasures. Its impressive members included such luminaries as J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Vincent Astor, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and other recognizable names on the roster were Macy, Goodyear and Gould.
 Afternoon: You will enjoy your free time to pursue your own interests in the Jekyll Island Historic District. These activities are not included in your program costs. Easy and close walking will take you to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center or among the oak-lined historic district to the shops that include special local pottery, Island Treasures hand-blown glass art, apparel, books and more!
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Sit back and relax as you learn about the Barrier Island dynamics of Coastal Georgia from a naturalist.
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lady Jane Shrimp Trawl/Christ Church/Free Afternoon/Sapelo Island History
(Wednesday, February 11)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the conference area.
 Morning: Participants will board the "Lady Jane," a working shrimp boat, for a shrimp trawl. Sort the catch of bonnethead, blacktip, sand shark, horseshoe crab, puffer fish, amberjack, crocker, spot, whiting, bluecrab and skate. Nature and ecology will be presented as you cruise the protected waters of the St. Simons Sound. See dolphin and coastal birds along the way. Lovely Christ Church has captivated visitors for years with its distinctive architectural design and majestic live oak surroundings. This modern-day spectacle, like a vintage photograph, offers the Road Scholar viewer a peek into another time period. Ultimately, the widespread appeal of the site today may be linked to the 1880s generosity of Anson Dodge Jr., a man popularized by Eugenia Price in her book, "The Beloved Invader."
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own. There are many restaurants on the island that will allow you to take advantage of the island cuisine. Our motor coach will be happy to drop people off at the village and then you will only have to call the trolley or a taxi to return to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Take time on your own to explore the beauty of the island or return to a favorite spot. Our coordinator will be happy to help you with plans for your free afternoon. Transportation can be arranged at your own expense with an island taxi or the trolley, which is $10-$15 round trip. They will take you anywhere on the island and pick you up when you are ready.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Sapelo Island history will be presented in preparation for your field trip to the island.
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Ferry To Sapelo Island/Dinner At Popular Island Restaurant
(Thursday, February 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: The ferry leaves for Sapelo Island promptly at 8:30 a.m. from Meridian, eight miles north of Darrien, Ga., about a 30-minute ride on the motor coach. We will leave the hotel by 7 a.m. in order to arrive promptly and have time for the visitor's center to pick up maps, etc. Prepare by taking your bottled water and any snack you may want. We will take care of your lunch. You will begin your day at the mainland visitor center, where you can learn about Sapelo's cultural history, coastal wildlife, and complex beach and dunes systems. After a 30-minute ferry ride,you'll arrive at this 11-mile-long island. Join your expert guide on a field trip on Sapelo Island on a bus or van.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on Sapelo Island.
 Afternoon: Sapelo field trip continues. Ferry leaves for the mainland at 2:30 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at a popular island restaurant.
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Conclusion and Presentation
(Friday, February 13)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the conference area.
 Morning: Presentation and wrap-up. A morning presentation will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 10 a.m. Program departure time is between 10:30-11 a.m. Hotel check-out time is 11 a.m.
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

Lighthouse (St. Simons Trilogy) Book 1

Author: Eugenia Price

Description: From the New York Times best-selling author Eugenia Price, Lighthouse is the saga of James Gould, a young man raised in the post-Revolution North who realizes his dream of designing and building a lighthouse on St. Simons Island in Georgia after much hardship and success.

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

God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island, Georgia

Author: Cornelia Walker Bailey

Description: Equal parts cultural history and memoir, God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man recounts a traditional way of life that is threatened by change, with stories that speak to our deepest notions of family, community, and a connection to one’s homeland. Cornelia Walker Bailey models herself after the African griot, the tribal storytellers who keep the history of their people. Bailey’s people are the Geechee, whose cultural identity has been largely preserved due to the relative isolation of Sapelo, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. In this rich account, Bailey captures the experience of growing up in an island community that counted the spirits of its departed among its members, relied on pride and ingenuity in the face of hardship, and taught her firsthand how best to reap the bounty of the marshes, woods and ocean that surrounded her. The power of this memoir to evoke the life of Sapelo Island is remarkable, and the history it preserves is invaluable.

Sapelo's People: A Long Walk into Freedom

Author: William S. McFeely

Description: In this moving and original work, William S. McFeely, one of this country's most distinguished historians, retells the history—and enters into the current-day lives—of the people who inhabit Sapelo's Island off the coast of Georgia, descendants of slaves who once worked its huge cotton plantations. It is at once a richly detailed work of historical reconstruction, a sensitive portrait of the lives of black Americans in this particular place and in our own time, and a moving meditation on race by a writer who has made its painful dilemmas his life's work as a historian.

The Beloved Invader (St. Simons Trilogy) Book 3

Author: Eugenia Price

Description: In this masterful first novel by Eugenia Price, a wealthy young northerner, Anson Dodge, shares his heart with two very different women -- Ellen, who passionately adores him, and Anna, who comforts him in sorrow. They each surrender themselves to his dreams. Anson's story unfolds as a beautiful tale of honor when he rebuilds the war-torn Christ Church, Frederica, in memory of lost love.

New Moon Rising (St. Simons Trilogy) Book 2

Author: Eugenia Price

Description: Horace Gould returns to St. Simons and wins the heart of lovely neighbor Deborah Abbott, who adores her Mr. Gould", despite the difference in their years. She is not concerned with his rumored past, but she is saddened by his lack of faith.

A Guide to a Georgia Barrier Island: Featuring Jekyll Island With St. Simons & Sapelo Islands

Author: Taylor Schoettle

Description: Testimonial: Ever wished, as you walked along a deserted stretch of beach or stared at the ruins of a stately old home, you had a naturalist/historian along with you? Buy A GUIDE TO A GEORGIA BARRIER ISLAND and you'll be in the company of both. His name is Taylor Schoettle. His informative, easy-going style and eager descriptions of what you're walking on, looking at, and interested in make this book a tremendous bargain.

A Guide to the Georgia Coast, The Georgia Conservancy

Author: Suzanne McIntosh

Description: Natural, historical, cultural, and recreational sites along the Georgia coast are described in detail. Includes driving maps and directions.

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.

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.

Their Gilded Cage: The Jekyll Island Club Members

Author: Richard Jay Hutto

Description: "Their Gilded Cage: The Jekyll Island Club Members" recounts the rich heritage of this exclusive Georgia retreat whose members were said to control ONE-SIXTH of the nation's wealth. Lavishly illustrated with vintage photographs, this book offers a privileged glimpse into the families of such titans of industry as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William Rockefeller, Vincent Astor, and W. K. Vanderbilt.

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