Jekyll Island

March 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I went down to Jekyll Island to visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. After my natural encounter with sea turtles on my honeymoon a very long time ago, I have been fascinated with the gentle giants.

The center promotes awareness and education programs along with research and rehabilitation for many types of turtles.

Each turtle has a story and each one will be rehabilitated and released.

You can even adopt a turtle!

We headed to the beach in search of the famed Driftwood Beach but once again Mother Nature had other plans so we never quite made it there but we did get to explore some of the beach.

I found Jekyll Island to be the least exciting beach I have ever been to. I actually think the rain made it more interesting than it would have been with nicer weather.

Major William Horton was granted Jekyll island in 1738 and built this Tabby style house in 1743.

Horton farmed the isle including hops and barley. Just down the road there is the tabby ruins of Georgia’s first brewery. Unfortunately most of it has fallen into DuBignon Creek.

The site also includes the cemetery of the DuBignon Family, which owned Jekyll from 1790-1886 and occupied the house as their home from 1790 until sometime in the mid-1800s.

I still want to find Driftwood Beach but I would make it part of another adventure in the area.  I am sure I could find some kayaking nearby to make the trip worth my while.

 

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