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Day 28-29

The Okiefenokee Swamp tour showed us alligators, turtles, birds, and plenty of plant life.

We started out seeing a 3 foot alligator and it progressed to a 6 foot alligator. Looks like the alligator above right is smiling.

We took an awesome trolley ride of Jekyll Island.

In 1794 a French family, the du Bignons, bought Jekyll Island. Their house is pictured below.

In 1886 the island was sold to the newly formed “Jekyll Island Club,” the most exclusive social club in the United States. It had a limit of 100 members, among them the Astors, Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, Morgans and McCormicks. A club house was built on the island and members constructed private “cottages”– enormous residences designed to house entire families with staff. The club was open for the post-Christmas season when many families came down from Newport and New York to relax and enjoy the “country life.”

In 1942 the U.S. government ordered the area evacuated because of the war submarines in the waters surrounding the island. The state of Georgia purchased the island from the club in 1947 and turned it into a state park.

Among them are San Souci, owned in part by J.P, Morgan, Indian Mound, the twenty-five room home of the Rockefeller family; the Goodyear Cottage completed in 1906; Crane Cottage, circa 1917, and one of the first condominiums in the U.S.;

the largest and most lavish of the cottages; the original Club House, a wood and brick Victorian structure with towers and manicured lawns;

and Faith Chapel, built in 1904 in the Gothic style with copies of the Notre Dame de Paris gargoyles.

The chapel has a large “signed” Tiffany stained glass window.

In front of the Rockefeller home was the first “dune buggy.”

It originally had a gas motor and it could go up to 35 miles per hours on the beach. Eventually they put an electric motor on it with a battery which dropped the speed down to 10 miles per hour.

I can see why they felt like they could come down here and relax. There’s something serene about the water, the trees, the Spanish moss blowing in the wind and all the beautiful flowers.

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