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Jekyll Island, not far from Savannah,  was a playground for plutocrats during America’s “Gilded Age” of “robber barons” and the rise of big business empires. Millionaires with names like Rockefeller, Morgan, Goodyear and Astor built palatial “cottages” on the island  and attended gala social events at the turreted Jekyll Island Club. Today “just plain folks” like Joy and me play in the sun and surf on the island.

Savannah Sweet and Jekyll a Joy

Historic Savannah is one of Georgia’s most delightful cities.  The town’s River Street is fun day or night. Famous attractions in Savannah include the statue of  Florence Martin, the “Waving Girl” who greeted ships sailing to and from the port city for over 40 years, the “Bird Girl” statue used on the cover of the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Forrest Gump’s” park bench.

History is tangible in old Savannah.  The city’s squares memorialize such historic figures as Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski . The local history museum includes a World War I-era dentist’s office and a 1902 Crestmobile, one of only sixteen in existence. Old homes and a maritime memorial add charm to the city and the Cathedral of  John the Baptist inspires visitors.

Photo by The Unknown Tourist