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Apr 19, 2018 - Island farewell

After touring Fort Frederica we stopped to admire the stained glass of the Christ Church Episcopal Church before returning to the Sea Joy Condo to pack our things. The congregation of the church began as a mission of the Church of England when the Frederica settlers arrived in March, 1736. Rev. Charles Wesley conducted the first services under the oak trees until the 3rd floor of the North Storehouse was reserved for religious services. His brother John Wesley conducted Anglican services in the same space. In 1738 Rev. Charles Wesley's...

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Apr 19, 2018 - Parks, Trees and Spirits

Hunting for Local Treasures Thursday, April 19: St. Simons Island Weather: low 80s with cool ocean breezes Route: local island roads Highlights: - after so much time in the car yesterday, we spent a restful day exploring St. Simons Island - accidentally discovering the beautiful views of St. Simons Sound and Jekyll Island from the rocking chairs on the shady patio of the local library while looking for the Welcome Center. How could we miss the open, airy Welcome Center building on Beachview Drive? We were distracted by the cute wooden...

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Apr 19, 2018 - Fort Frederica

Established: February 1736 First settled: March 1736 Abandoned: April 1758 due to destruction by fire Founder: General James Oglethorpe Purpose: to defend the southern frontier of the new British colony of Georgia from Spanish colonization Name: Georgia's Board of Trustees wanted to honour the Prince of Wales, Frederick Louis, who already had a fort named after him on Port Royal, South Carolina. They decided to use the feminized version of his name for this new fort in Georgia. Preservation: In the 1900s there was local interest in...

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Nov 13, 2011 - Brunswick, GA

There is not much to report today. We need time to do chores. We go to Denny’s to catch up on the internet. We drive to Brunswick to shop. Merv’s Springer and I chill out in the afternoon. John carves and calls the fishing boat Captain. We still want to catch red fish. We are scheduled to go fishing in the morning. Campground: Mick’s House

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Nov 12, 2011 - Day Trip: Fort Frederica National Monument

Our alarm clock goes off this morning. “Breakfast is on!” Merv is cooking his famous blueberry pancakes. Last night there was a hard freeze. Why is it always cold when we head south? The sun comes up and it is a beautiful day! We say goodbye to Barb. She heads back to Ocala today. We visit with Merv and then head again to St. Simons Island. It is a beautiful area. Fort Frederica National Monument is today‘s destination. We watch the video. We learn about the battles fought in the 1700’s. The British defeated the Spanish. I get my passport...

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Oct 30, 2010 - St. Simons Island - Georgia

We left Savannah and took a leisurely route south, stopping at St. Simon’s Island and its famous lighthouse for a visit. After a tasty lunch in the village, we climbed up 104 feet and 129 steps on a cast iron spiral staircase and at the top, enjoyed a great view of the village and the ocean. We both love lighthouses and have climbed several during out trips together. Fred and I like to climb them too, so I was sorry he wasn’t with us to enjoy this climb! The first lighthouse in this area was built from 1807 – 1810 from tabby and was 85 feet...

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Mar 16, 2007 - Leaving Florida, Kingsley Plantation, Brunswick, and St. Simon Island and Lighthouse

Today we leave Florida and head for Savannah, Georgia. We leave Florida reluctantly, but will stay on the coast for a few more days. We took a "shortcut" along the coast via a ferry boat. Imagine me driving the motorhome on a small ferry (see picture). The captain was very considerate, however; he let all the other cars off the boat before he let me wiggle through. Shortly outside of Jacksonville, we visited the Kingsley Plantation, the oldest remaining plantation in Florida. It is unique in that it was owned by a man who married an...

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Feb 3, 2007 - We're Staying Close to Home This Weekend

We plan on staying close to home this weekend. We're going to leave Brunswick next Thursday and spend a couple of days in the Plains, Georgia area (about 200 miles from Brunswick, GA.) If you remember, that's where Jimmy Carter is from. After that, we think we'll head over to Troy, Alabama (about 150 miles from Plains) and spend a couple of weeks there (It's still too cold in Brighton.) Troy, Alabama is on U.S. Route 231 which runs from Montgomery to Panama City, Florida. It's a tough life but someone has to do it. Notice the satellite...

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Jan 20, 2007 - Another Tour of Saint Simons Island

The weather has begun to warm up a bit and we decided to explore the beach of Saint Simons Island once again. I wanted to look for seashells. The high tide was at 9:30 AM and we went there about 1 PM. We found the same situation as before, No Shells! We figure it must be the currents, the marshes, or something, because all you find are a few shell pieces. Anyway, we gave it our best shot! I have also learned why "live oaks" are given that name. These oaks keep their leaves, unlike other oaks, so they are named "live" because they are...

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Nov 7, 2005 - Back to the Golden Isles

We had much better weather during our second stay this year on Jekyll Island. No hurricanes! Which meant no rain & lots of sunny days & cool evenings. The weather was truly perfect & we did alot of bike riding around the island. It's is such a beautiful place & there's alot to see. The Historic area of the Island is magnificent with the old buildings, stores and wharf. I think the entire island bike trail is around 14 miles. We averaged four miles each day, while the boys often biked seven or more miles daily. There is very little traffic...

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Sep 28, 2005 - Our adventure REALLY begins...

After all of our delays, hard work, planning & waiting....we decide to vacation in Jekyll Island until we can start the job at Ponte Vedra. First, however, we have to get to Atlanta to have a towbar attached to our Honda Odessey minivan so that we can pull it behind the bus. We make an appointment for 8:30 Thursday morning and we get packed, loaded & head out at 10pm on Wednesday night. We came up with a long awaited name for the bus during this trip...Rosalita...from a song by Bruce Springstein. Our son, Joe, has come to share his Dad's...

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