Brunswick, Georgia   2 comments

Day 29-30

We decided to do the Okefenokee Swamp tour before lunch JUST in case it decided to rain. We saw alligators, turtles, birds, and plenty of plant life.

We saw more alligators and turtles on this trip than we have EVER seen.

As a matter of fact, we saw two alligators and one of them decided he wanted the other’s spot…

What a ruckus he caused and then he left that spot after sitting there for about a minute….

We had the best guide we’ve ever had. She was raised in the area and gave us so much information about the swamp and was very knowledgeable about the names of all the wildlife and plants. Not only did she know the scientific name, she told us what the “locals” call it. She even talked Speed into leaning over the bow of the boat to fetch a feather bard owl feather for her collection to make her daughter a dreamcatcher.

So far, still now rain. LUCKY US!

Once reaching Brunswick, we had an impromptu social. The following day, we forged to Jekyll Island for an awesome trolley ride of Jekyll Island.

The museum displayed 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.

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, a wood and brick Victorian structure with towers and manicured lawns,

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.” 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.

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.;

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

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.

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.

Before leaving our tour guide, Phyllis, we had a group picture taken at the oldest and largest oak tree on the Island. It is estimated at 350 years old.

We were threatened with rain, but it never came. HOW LUCKY ARE WE?!

But best of all was the wonderful Easter brunch at the Jekyll Island Clubhouse.

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Posted March 27, 2016 by carolnbill in Adventure Caravans, RV, Travel

2 responses to “Brunswick, Georgia

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  1. Great photos!

  2. Thank you very much! It’s a lot of fun.

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