Our stay in Brunswick Georgia and a visit to Jekyll Island

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.

Our campsite

Our campsite

After getting set up Wednesday we jumped in the Jeep and did a loop through Brunswick which included Historic Downtown.

City Hall in Brunswick Georgia

City Hall in Brunswick Georgia

Historic downtown Brunswick Georgia,, a clean and neat area

Historic downtown Brunswick Georgia,, a clean and neat area.

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.

This huge 900 year old Oak Tree is called the Lovers Oak and was around when the Constitution was signed,,, WOW!!

This huge 900 year old Oak Tree is called the Lovers Oak and was around when the Constitution was signed,,, WOW!!

This huge 900 year old Oak Tree is called the Lovers Oak and was around when the Constitution was signed,,, WOW!!

This huge 900 year old Oak Tree is called the Lovers Oak and was around when the Constitution was signed,,, WOW!!

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.

A small lake in our campground

A small lake in our campground

A shot of the pier right outside our campground on the South Brunswick River

A shot of the pier right outside our campground on the South Brunswick River

Thursday (11/7/13) we wanted to take a drive to Jekyll Island.

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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 Club Hotel

Jekyll Club Hotel

Another shot of the Jekyll Club

Another shot of the Jekyll Club

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.

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Mistletoe Cottage

Mistletoe Cottage

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.

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There are a few small shops in the Historic District of Jekyll Island. They used to be homes for the employee's of the millionaires that owned cottages on the island.

There are a few small shops in the Historic District of Jekyll Island. They used to be homes for the employee’s of the millionaires that owned cottages on the island.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jekyll_Island

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.

There are a few small shops in the Historic District of Jekyll Island. They used to be homes for the employee's of the millionaires that owned cottages on the island.

There are a few small shops in the Historic District of Jekyll Island. They used to be homes for the employee’s of the millionaires that owned cottages on the island.

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.

This is where we had lunch at the Rah Bar

This is where we had lunch at the Rah Bar

CHEERS!!

CHEERS!!

After the historic area we drove around the rest of the island stopping at other interesting spots like Driftwood Beach and the Horton House.

The Horton House. It was built in 1742

The Horton House. It was built in 1742

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

Part of Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

Part of Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

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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.

I just thought it was a cool picture

I just thought it was a cool picture

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We also walked down to the beach at the Memorial and was treated by 3 Dolphins playing just a little ways off the shore.

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This Dolphin was having a great time paying around with 2 others and were about 40ft off shore

This Dolphin was having a great time paying around with 2 others and were about 40ft off shore

And a few guys fishing with nets. They were catching Blue Crab and a few small fish.

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A couple guys fishing with a net

A couple guys fishing with a net

This is one of the blue Crab they caught

This is one of the blue Crab they caught

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!!

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You could get a carriage ride in this Cinderella looking rig if you want.

You could get a carriage ride in this Cinderella looking rig if you want.

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I love these mossy old tree's

I love these mossy old tree’s

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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!!

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One Response to Our stay in Brunswick Georgia and a visit to Jekyll Island

  1. Ingrid says:

    That tree is awesome. Some of the other vegetation looks pretty unique and interesting. Loved ALL the photos 🙂

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