Walking up to 1 mile split up by field trips throughout the day. Walking over sand and uneven terrain as well as on paved surfaces. Driving approximately 10 miles total for the day; time spent on the bus may be around 1 hour.
A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, fresh fruit, juices, coffee and tea.
We’ll depart via motorcoach and transfer to the Jekyll Island Museum for an expert-led field trip and a lecture on the History of Jekyll Island. The many exhibitions feature objects and photographs from extensive collections and will introduce us 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, it is 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 including such names as Morgan, Astor, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Pulitzer. Here, on this small barrier island off Georgia's beautiful coast, the founders shaped a private world of grand cottage residences around a Queen Anne-style clubhouse. Much of this compound has been carefully preserved and faithfully restored in the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District, where we will be welcomed guests. After viewing an informative film and seeing photos from the time period at the museum, we’ll meet our historian who will provide background on the so-called “Millionaire’s Village” created by many well-known financial and political giants, many of whom gathered here 1910 to plan the Federal Reserve System. Boarding a tram around the historic district together, we’ll visit two of these impressively wealthy and exclusive homes from this formative period in American history. While aboard the tram, our local historian will illustrate the comprehensive context of the place and why it has become such a legacy.
At the historic Jekyll Island Hotel, we’ll have a delicious plated meal featuring regional specialties with coffee, tea and water. 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.
Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to embark on a short and easy walk to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center or through the oak-lined historic district to see local art such as pottery and hand-blown glass. We’ll then meet at a predetermined time and place to board the motorcoach and return to the hotel. As we leave Jekyll Island, we'll stop at Driftwood Beach, known as Boneyard Beach. It is one of the most photographed beaches anywhere due to the erosion and numerous live oak trees that have fallen into the water. Hear about all of this with your expert and be sure and bring your camera.
Dinner is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room.