Wednesday, November 24, 2010 (Laura S. Walker State Park, GA)
We stopped at the Visitor’s Information Centre (which is about 2 miles before you actually get to the Island) and after getting a map and directions, we continued on. There is a “Greeting Station” as you get onto the island where you have to pay a $5 parking fee to park on the island...interesting. The literature says that it is used to support conservation and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of the Island...well, okay then. We found the Island History Centre...oops, “Center”...and after parking in the huge, but almost empty, parking lot, we found that we had just missed the 11:00 tour of the historical area. The next tour was at 1:00, so we started off in the museum. We learned that the island’s present day prominence as a favourite vacation spot was prefaced by an era of unrivalled status and prestige. Beginning in 1886, for well over five decades, the island was the exclusive domain of the Jekyll Island Club—the winter retreat for some the most elite and wealthy families...the Rockefellers, Pulitzers, Vanderbilts, Morgans...to name a few. As usual, there was so much reading!! But very interesting, especially when you get to the part after the island was bought for $125, 000 and fifty-three prominent Jekyll Island Club members created an exclusive gilded era island retreat for family and friends.