This is one of two iconic entrance towers at the start of the Jekyll Island causeway. I’ve been unable to find out the date of their construction, but I believe they were built in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
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Built for plumbing magnate Richard Teller Crane, Jr., this Renaissance Revival Mediterranean-influenced “cottage” was the largest and most elaborate home ever built on Jekyll Island. It contained 30 rooms and 17 bathrooms! The grounds and sunken garden are among the most beautifully landscaped public areas on the Georgia coast.
Built for the Jekyll Island Club, Faith Chapel is one of the best-known structures in the National Register Landmark Historic District. It features a window signed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (which I was unable to photograph) and this beautiful stained glass panel on the rear of the building. The depiction of the Adoration of the Christ Child was designed by Maitland Armstrong and his daughter Helen. The chapel is well-maintained today and is often used for weddings.
I was lucky enough to be on Jekyll Island this weekend for the release of two rehabilitated “patients” by the great folks at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The first of the two releases was an immature Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) named Ebb. Seen here and in the following three images, Ebb was found in a tidal pool on Jekyll Island on 7 July 2013 and was a bit anemic. After a month-and-a-half of care at the Turtle Hospital, he’s ready to return to his home.
Showing Ebb off to the admiring crowds…
Moments before the release…
The second patient to be returned to the Atlantic Ocean was Cinnamon, a Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta). The sub-adult turtle, approximately 15 years old, was found stranded on Blackbeard Island on 29 June 2013 and was rehabilitated at Turtle Hospital. Many thanks to the employees and volunteers of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for the hard work they do to save these loveable creatures.
Cinnamon goes home to the Atlantic!
Locals and tourists alike really appreciate being a part of these releases and walk as far out into the ocean as possible for one last glimpse. I really feel honored to have been a small part of this. Please visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center when you find yourself on Jekyll Island. It’s some of the best work the state of Georgia does and though admission to the hospital is a bit expensive, all the monies are used exclusively for the educational and rehabilitative mission of the center. They’re located at the old Jekyll Island Power Plant (1903), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It seems appropriate that my 4,000th posting on this website would focus on a place like Hazel’s Cafe because it’s just the sort of place with the sort of history I’m always searching for. Located on St. Simons Island, in the historic African-American community of South End, Hazel’s was owned by Hazel and Thomas Floyd. Thomas, a veteran of World War II, settled here with his wife shortly after World War II and soon thereafter they started this business, which would be a staple of St. Simons life until it closed in 1978. With new homes and condos dotting the island today, it’s a nice step back to a time when St. Simons, like all of the Georgia coast, was anchored by small but thriving communities who looked to family and friends as well as the rich coastal waters surrounding them for sustenance and survival. Hazel was known to go crabbing in season and bring back her catch for the night’s special of deviled crab. I’m sure they were legendary dishes in their time. Melissa Lee has an excellent tribute to this St. Simons icon here:
Glynn County maintains an excellent fishing pier, floating dock, and public park at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. It’s a great place to unwind from the crowds of the beach and take in a bit of the real coastal magic. There is a covered picnic shelter with tables set beside a massive grove of old-growth oaks, and best of all, it’s free.
It’s not a stretch to say that much of Georgia’s early history began right here on Gascoigne Bluff, along the grass-choked tidal marshes of the Frederica River. It was long the home of a large Native American settlement, as well as a Fransican monastery called San Buenaventura, then the first naval base in Georgia, and the list goes on. Timbers removed from the Live Oak forest here were used in the building of the USS Constitution, better known as “Old Ironsides”.
The bluff was named for Captain James Gascoigne, who brought the first British settlers to the Georgia colony aboard the HMS Hawk.