Thirty-three of the original winter homes of the wealthiest families in this country still stand, with many mansion-sized cottages now open to the public. Numerous service buildings have been converted to specialty shops or restaurants. The original Clubhouse has been restored and is currently in use as a resort hotel. The Historic District is located on the west side of Jekyll Island near the entrance to the Jekyll Island Causeway.
Golden Isles History
The area contains many historically significant sites including Fort Frederica established by James Oglethorpe in 1736, the St. Simons Island lighthouse originally built in 1810, and the Brunswick waterfront where Liberty Ships were constructed during WWII—and a story accompanies each location. Many Plantation-era structures remain and the beautiful Jekyll Island Historic District is rich with period architecture. The area is filled with historic structures and sites, many accompanied by detailed historic markers that make self-exploration and adventure.
ST SIMONS ISLAND POINTS OF INTEREST
With a rich history spanning from Native Americans to Spanish Missions to the Plantation Era, St. Simons Island has plenty interesting and significant sights to explore.
Historic Brunswick Sights & Architecture
With its city streets and squares still bearing colonial names like Gloucester, Newcastle and Norwich, the architecture is as classic as the names. Homes in Historic Downtown Brunswick reflect architectural styles including Queen Anne, Gothic, Italianate and Jacobean.
Several civic buildings boast unique styles, notable architects and rich histories. A stroll through the Old Town uncovers the town’s history as told by the architectural details.