When General Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia in 1733, he named Jekyll Island in honor of Sir Joseph Jekyll, an English lawyer, chief justice, and member of Parliament. The island passed through several owners until after the Civil War. In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased by the Jekyll Island Club and became an exclusive luxury vacation resort and hunting club for many of the wealthy elite American families of that era. William Rockefeller, William K. Vanderbilt, Marshall Field, Joseph Pulitzer, J. P. Morgan, and others built an elegant Clubhouse there. Several built their beautiful Victorian winter "cottages" nearby. Today, some of these homes have been restored and are open for tours. Sign me up! I hope to tour some of these historic homes on our next visit to Jekyll Island.
Despite the extraordinary wealth of its members, the Jekyll Island Club closed in 1942 during World War II. The State of Georgia bought the island in 1947 for use as a State Park. Today, the former Club grounds comprise a 240-acre site with 34 historic structures that are now the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District.
Across the water from Driftwood Beach is St. Simon's Island, another Golden Isle of Georgia. The city of Brunswick, GA is nearby. On September 8, 2019, a 660 foot long carrier ship named the Golden Ray capsized within the port of Brunswick's harbor in St. Simons Sound. The massive ship was carrying 4,300 new cars. All crew members were rescued by the United States Coast Guard, but the ship was declared a total loss.
So the golden Versabar salvaged sections of the Golden Ray near the Golden Isles of Georgia. Golden.