In our last update we mentioned we were in Brunswick Georgia and planned to only stay 2 nights. So we had to make good use of our time to see what was around.
After getting set up Wednesday we jumped in the Jeep and did a loop through Brunswick which included Historic Downtown.
Brunswick is along the southeastern coastline of Georgia. It has a number of nineteenth century Victorian-style homes, century old grand oaks, endless golden marshes, old magnolia tree lined streets. The downtown area has a number of shops, fine and casual restaurants, art galleries. And it’s very clean.
I guess they have a pretty good Farmers Market and there is plenty of fresh seafood to be had along the docks but only being her for 2 nights it didn’t give us a chance to check everything out. That’s why we normally spend a week in each spot we stop.
One of the things we wanted to find in Brunswick was the Lovers Tree. According to local legend, Native American braves and their maidens would meet under the majestic spreading limbs of this enormous oak. This 900-year-old oak has served as a meeting place for lovers since Indian times. They would meet and kiss their true love under the branches of the tree, hence earning its name. It is thought to date from the 12th century.
The tree trunk is 13 feet in diameter, and 3 feet from the ground it branches into 10 limbs measuring 12 to 30 inches in diameter. That thing is HUGE!!
Between a short travel day and driving around Brunswick with a walking tour of downtown and walk along the waterfront by our campground we pretty much used up Wednesday.
Thursday (11/7/13) we wanted to take a drive to Jekyll Island.
Jekyll Island was purchased in 1886 by a group of wealthy families as a private retreat. The Club closed in 1942 and Jekyll Island was purchased by the State of Georgia in 1947.
Jekyll Island is renowned for its landmark Historic District, termed the “Millionaire’s Village” long ago, with its 240-acre site containing 33 historic structures, including the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and surrounding cottages that were once home to some of America’s most wealthy and prominent citizens, including the Crane family, the Pulitzers, Morgan’s, Vanderbilt’s, Rockefellers, and Goodyear clan to name but a few. These privileged few used Jekyll Island as a hunting and golf retreat, spending lazy summers here and building these historic homes that have been restored to their former glory. Jekyll Island has been a part of many historic moments, including the first meeting of the Federal Reserve, and the first transcontinental telephone call.
Of course the history of the island goes much farther back than the rich and famous so I will just share a link that will cover that if you’re interested.
Here is a tip for you. If you’re in the area and plan to visit Jekyll Island take your bikes if you have them. There are a number of bike trails that will get you all over the island. I wish we would have known but we did just fine walking but the bikes would have been much better.
We stopped in at the visitor center, stopped in a couple of the small shops, walked around the entire historic section and had a nice lunch on the wharf.
After the historic area we drove around the rest of the island stopping at other interesting spots like Driftwood Beach and the Horton House.
One of the stops was the Wonderer Memorial. On November 28, 1858, approximately 409 captive men, women, and children were brought to shore on Jekyll Island. They were illegally smuggled into the United States aboard the Wanderer, a luxury yacht turned slave ship. These captive men, women, and children were among the last groups of enslaved Africans sold into captivity in America.
We also walked down to the beach at the Memorial and was treated by 3 Dolphins playing just a little ways off the shore.
And a few guys fishing with nets. They were catching Blue Crab and a few small fish.
We spent a good chunk of time watching the fisherman and Dolphins playing before heading out again.
I would say that Jekyll Island was the highlight of our short stay around Brunswick and was certainly worth a visit.
I won’t miss the darn No-see-ums and the pesky gnats however!! Those darn things are a bother. While on one of the docks the first day here a local all decked out with long pants and long sleeve shirt and a hat with a piece that draped down his neck looked at me in my tee-shirt and shorts with sandals and said,,,, DON’T STAND IN ONE SPOT TO LONG!!
He was cleaning fish and tossing the scrap towards the water but seagulls were catching most of them before they hit the water so I though he meant I would be a target for droppings or something. So I laughingly asked why??? He quickly said,, those darn gnats!! Aren’t they eating you alive right now?? They are the reason the Pilgrims didn’t come this far south LOL!!
I sort of laughed it off because at that point I hadn’t been bothered but I guess it was because I was riding the bike. But it didn’t take long to figure out what he was talking about LOL!!
None the less we enjoyed the short two days we spent in the area but Friday we had plans of traveling to St. Augustine Florida. We have reservations for 1 week there.
Sorry for the abundance of pictures!!