Epworth by the Sea: St. Simons & Jekyll Islands

Explore St. Simons and Jekyll Islands to learn about the history of colonists, enslaved people, millionaires and evangelists as you visit a historic resort, Gullah communities and more.
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Program No. 23720RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Explore the human history and ecology of two of Georgia’s barrier islands — St. Simons and Jekyll Island — from your home base at Epworth by the Sea. Hear the stories of the people who lived and spent time on these islands, from the Gullah people to the millionaire families who visited Jekyll Island’s Victorian resort. Visit a historic African American school, John and Charles Wesley’s church and the 1872 St. Simons Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. Study barrier island ecology with an expert, and walk among the archaeological remnants of an 18th-century fort.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to three miles on one day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Ride a pontoon boat on the Frederica River to spot dolphins and birds, and learn about the shrimping industry as you watch shrimp boats up close.
  • Visit the Gullah and Geechee communities of Southend, Jewtown and Harrington to hear about the rich history and heritage of this unique culture.
  • On a visit to Jekyll Island, learn how the island was made into a winter retreat for families including the Rockefellers and Pulitzers.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). If you would prefer a hotel based program, please explore program number 1384, Best of St. Simons, Sapelo and Jekyll: An Island-Hopping Adventure.
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Cindy Doehring
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Lyn Warr, Group Leader
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