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    Sidney Lanier Bridge

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 1, 2010

    Favorite thing: If you come to Jekyll from or through Brunswick you will come across this beautiful bridge, the Sidney Lanier, the south end of which is just at the entrance to the causeway to the island. Lanier was a native of Macon, Georgia and a poet in the 19th Century, served in the Confederate army and was later a blockade runner. This latter profession landed him in prison where he contracted tuberculosis which contributed to his early death at age 39. One of his most famous poems is “The Marshes of Glynn,” which pays tribute to the marshes around the island and Brunswick. The bridge was completed in 2003 as a replacement for the old lift bridge which was hit at least twice by freighters.

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    The Marshes of Glynn

    by rexvaughan Updated Feb 28, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Sidney Lanier was a native of Macon, Georgia in the 19th Century and an accomplished artist of many facets but he is probably most remembered for his poem, "The Marshes of Glynn." Jekyll Island is in Glynn County and this photo of the marshes was taken on the causeway between Brunswick and the island.

    I wouldn't have thought of him as a renowned poet but he evidently moved in a circle that included Poe, Longfellow, Holmes, Irving, Cooper and Hawthorne and is listed in the 1903 book, "Literary Leaders of America," as one of the 12 leaders. I do recall studying him in highschool, particularly another Georgia poem called "Song of the Chattahoochee."

    Below is an excerpt from "The Marshes of Glynn"

    Fondest memory: Oh, what is abroad in the marsh and the terminal sea?
    Somehow my soul seems suddenly free
    From the weighing of fat and the sad discussion of sin,
    By the length and the breadth and the sweep of the marshes of Glynn.

    Ye marshes, how candid and simple and nothing-withholding and free
    Ye publish yourselves to the sky and offer yourselves to the sea!
    Tolerant plains, that suffer the sea and the rains and the sun,
    Ye spread and span like the catholic man who hath mightily won
    God out of knowledge and good out of infinite pain
    And sight out of blindness and purity out of a stain.
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    And now from the Vast of the Lord will the waters of sleep
    Roll in on the souls of men,
    But who will reveal to our waking ken
    The forms that swim and the shapes that creep
    Under the waters of sleep?
    And I would I could know what swimmeth below when the tide comes in
    On the length and the breadth of the marvellous marshes of Glynn.

    View of the marshes Jekyll River through the marshes & auseway bridge Sidney Lanier bridge across the marshes
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    Why I come back

    by Staciajc Updated May 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I come to Jekyll every year in the early summer - before it gets too hot. This year will be trip number 15 for me. I love it. The light brown sand and the orange sunrise can not be beat. Georgia is my home state and the Georgia Coast is like coming home. I love the smell (OK, not the smell of Brunswick - but the smell of the surf) and I love to shell on the sand bar. I love to sit and do nothing for an hour each morning while enjoying my coffee. I love the wild life - feeding the squirrels and birds....watching the dolphins off the pier while my hubby fishes.

    Have you ever heard a dolphin breath? You can hear it at night off the pier...it is so neat!

    Have fun making your memories on Jekyll.

    Fondest memory: The night my husband proposed to me - May 25, 2001 - we were on Jekyll Island...we walked on the beach as the sun went down and then strolled down one of the bike paths...it was very romantic.

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    Former Millionaire's Playground

    by grandmaR Updated May 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Jekyll Island was bought for $125K by millionaires including Frank Henry Goodyear, the Goulds, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulizer and William Rockefeller in 1886. They called themselves the Jekyll Island Club and built a large clubhouse and 'cottages' on the island, which they used as a hunting preserve and family getaway.

    But by the early 20th century, the members of the Jekyll Island Club were said to represent 1/6th of the world's wealth. But by WWII, their descendants had lost interst and the island was sold to the state of Georgia.

    Fondest memory: Driving around the historic district looking at the 'cottages'

    Clubhouse from the ICW Mistletoe cottage
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    Coastal Georgia

    by grandmaR Updated May 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Jekyll Island is the last place on the ICW to dock before you get to the Saint Mary's River and Florida. It seems to be a combination of a luxury resort (It originally was a as a winter retreat for America's wealthiest families Morgan, Pulitzer, Rockefeller, Gould etc.) and an eco-tourism destination.

    They have tours (mini bus tours, walking tours, casino boat trips, dophin tours, air tours, ghost tours or nature walks). They have activities (scuba, sailing, horseback riding, soccer, minigolf, birding, fishing, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, tennis, golf (63 holes), dinner theatre, and a water park). They have 10 hotels, a convention center, and a historic district.

    The dichotomy is illustrated for me by the fact that they have both a nature center and jet ski rental.
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    Fondest memory: When we came by boat, we'd only been off the marina grounds once and that was to borrow a vehicle to go to the market. It seems like an nice vacation spot.

    One of the main attractions for us is the restaurant at the marina (one of two marinas on the island. They have fast service and good food.

    Their Brunswick Stew is really tasty.

    Map of location North end of the island at the inlet Live oaks Scene from the film in th visitor's center Building in the historic district
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    Brunswick Stew

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There's a controversy as to whether the REAL Brunswick Stew comes from Brunswick GA or from Brunswick County VA.

    I've had Brunswick Stew as a side dish in Edenton NC which I assume was the Virginia variety. But the best I've ever had was served by the SeaJay Cafe on Jekyll Island.

    Fondest memory: The following is the “official recipe” distributed by the Georgia visitors bureau.

    Start with the following ingredients:
    1 3-lb. chicken,
    1 lb. lean pork,
    1 lb. lean beef, and
    3 medium onions, chopped.

    Place meat in large, heavy pot. Season with salt, pepper. Add onions and cover with water. Cook slowly until meat falls from bones (several hours). Remove from heat and allow to cool. Tear meat into shreds and return to stock.

    Add:
    4 cans (16 oz.) tomatoes,
    5 T. Worcestershire sauce,
    1½ bottles (14 oz.) catsup,
    1 T. Tabasco sauce,
    2 bay leaves,
    ½ bottle (12 oz.) chili sauce,
    ½ t. dry mustard,
    ½ stick butter.

    Cook 1 hour, occasionally stirring to prevent sticking.

    Add:
    3 T. vinegar,
    2 cans (16 oz.) small limas or butter beans,
    2 cans (16 oz.) creamstyle corn,
    1 can small English peas
    (3 small diced Irish potatoes and box of frozen, sliced okra—optional).

    Cook slowly until thick.

    Serve in a bowl with barbecue or fried shrimp.

    Jekyll Island's version of Brunswick stew Similar dish in Maryland
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    Beach access

    by tpangelinan Written Feb 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The beach access ramps here are the best we have seen. Very wide and smooth enough for wheelchairs, and yes there is handicap access to the beach and wheelchairs are able to go right on the sand. The sand is very hard which makes it easy for bikes and wheelchairs to ride on. There was a fellow in a wheelchair fishing from the beach.

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    Jekyll Island Visitor Center

    by tpangelinan Written Feb 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Be sure to check out the visitors center on the causeway road to the island. You will find all kinds of this to do on the island there, and there is plenty to do here. The people are very nice and willing to help in any way!

    Visitor center
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    Live oaks and Spanish moss

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 1, 2010

    Favorite thing: The island is rich in vegetation and one of its most attractive features is live oak trees festooned with Spanish moss which is neither Spanish nor moss but which adds an eerie beauty to the setting.

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    Island for a fee!

    by tpangelinan Written Feb 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: To get on the island you must pay a toll of $3.00, not a big deal, just wanted to prepare you. It is so worth it, even if just for a few hours of exploring. Have Fun!

    Pay the toll!
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    St. Simon Island Lighthouse

    by tpangelinan Written Feb 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Go to the north end of the island, park and walk through the woods 50ft and on to the beach, hang a left and head up the beach, look over to the north toward St Simon Island for the lighthouse.

    St Simon Island Lighthouse
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