Jekyll Island is one of the Golden Isles of Georgia along with St. Simons, Little St. Simons, and Sea Island. It was used by the Indians that inhabited the south Atlantic coastal region before the Europeans began settling the area in the early 16th Century. The Spanish, French, and British laid claim to the island at various time between the 16th and 18th Centuries. In 1733, General James Oglethorpe named Jekyll Island in honor of Sir Joseph Jekyll, his financier from England. In the late 1800s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive hunting club for families like the Rockefeller's, Morgan's, Vanderbilt's, and Pulitzer's. The once private retreat is now part of The Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District on land owned by Georgia and is one of the largest preservation projects in the southeast. In 1947, the Governor and the Georgia state legislature established Jekyll Island as a State Park. We'll be touring until Friday learning about history and natural surroundings.
I finally got myself up early enough to see sunrise yesterday. It helps that its not until about 7:15 and the beach is only about 5 minutes from the campground. I went to Driftwood Beach, a boneyard of pine and live oak tree roots similar to Edisto Beach near Charleston I visited in the spring. It was worth it because the sunrise was beautiful even though the sun never really peaked out from the clouds over the ocean until about 8:00. While standing on the beach you could hear a large thunderstorm rumbling off the coast hiding the sun.