North End of Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

If you walk the whole distance of Driftwood Beach, you’ll be at the northernmost point of Jekyll Island. A pine forest skirts the beach for some distance, though some may have been destroyed by the most recent hurricane. [These photos were made in 2014].

There’s still driftwood at this end of the beach, but it’s encountered less frequently.

Erosion is accelerated by St. Simons Sound and sand eventually replaces remnant forest.

Wrack and vegetation are dominant here, so it’s not as aesthetically pleasing as the boneyard further south, but it’s one of the most unique spots on the island and there are great views of neighboring St. Simons Island and its iconic lighthouse, as well as the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

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Dune Boardwalk, Jekyll Island

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Georgian Revival Houses, Ardsley Park

Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent was developed beginning in 1910 as one of Savannah’s very first planned subdivisions. It remains largely intact and is one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in the city.

Early 20th century revivals are abundant in the district, as in these examples along Washington Avenue, adjacent to Daffin Park.

The neighborhood is great any time of year, but especially in late winter/early spring, when the azaleas are in bloom.

Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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King and Prince Hotel, 1941, St. Simons Island

This landmark hotel traces its origins to Morgan T. Wynne and Franklin J. Horne, who first opened it as a seaside dance club in 1935. On 2 July 1941, the King and Prince Hotel, designed by Laurence Miller and Felton Davis in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, opened to rave reviews. It immediately became the hotel of record on St. Simons.

It was occupied by the Navy as a coast-watching and training facility during World War II, reopening in 1947.

Renovations in the 1970s and 1980s modernized rooms and infrastructure, but retained the historical integrity of the property. An expansion doubled the number of rooms in 2003, again, with a focus on maintaining its iconic appearance. Now known as the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, it remains as nostalgic and popular as ever. And with the loss of the DeSoto Beach Hotel on Tybee Island in 1999, the King and Prince is the last of Georgia’s grand old oceanfront hotels.

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Ritz Theatre, 1899, Brunswick

Originally home to the offices of the Brunswick & Birmingham Railroad and the Grand Opera House, the historic Ritz Theatre is a preservation success story. Thanks to the efforts of Heather Heath and the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association and the Fox Theatre Institute, the Ritz has returned to its rightful place as a cultural anchor for downtown Brunswick.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Jane Macon House, 1882, Brunswick

Alethea Jane Macon (8 January 1882-3 October 1977) was among the best-loved educators of 20th-century Brunswick. She began her career at Arco Elementary School in 1903 and later transferred to Glynn Academy, where she taught English & Literature until 1952, having served the children of Glynn County for nearly fifty years. She also wrote Glynn Academy’s Alma Mater.

She was definitely a lady of another time; she never learned to drive nor owned a television. She was a often seen walking around and knew virtually everyone in town. She was also a serious genealogist and published several books related to her family history, including Gideon Macon of Virginia and Some of His Descendants; John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, Virginia, and Some of their Descendants; and Four O’Kelley Sons.

Jane Macon Junior High School (now Jane Macon Middle School, in Sterling) was established in her honor in 1958. A “Jane Macon” azalea cultivar was named for her, as well, but I’ve been unable to locate more information about it.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Glynn County Courthouse, 1907, Brunswick

Set among a grove of live oaks, the old Glynn County Courthouse was designed by well-known architect Charles Alling Gifford (1860-1937). The location is Magnolia Square, one of the historic lots set aside for housing livestock as a community pasture. Though now replaced by a modern courthouse on an adjacent street, this landmark still serves government purposes.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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