Jekyll Island Ghosts
Some say Jekyll Island is haunted. At least, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The hotel was built in the 1800′s as the clubhouse for a group of wealthy, industrious, influential men (say robber-barons). Their names are familiar: Vanderbilt; Goodyear; Morgan; Pulitzer; and more.
Abandoned in the mid-1900′s, the clubhouse was renovated and re-christened the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in 1986. it now stands as the primer hotel on the island – and it comes with its own complement of ghosts.
Meet Lloyd Aspinwall, late president of the Club, who’s said to walk the planking of the Riverfront Veranda (renamed the Aspinwall Room).
Or you could run into Samuel Spencer in the 2nd floor apartment of the Club’s Annex building, where he used to have a room. He’s been known to read guest’s newspapers and sip from their coffee mugs.
Then there’s the phantom Bellhop, who’s been spotted walking the halls of the Club in period striped pants and pill-box cap. He’s noted for taking guest’s dry cleaning and returning it cleaned and pressed.
Other ghosts have been sensed. Some claim to have caught the scent of J.P. Morgan’s cigar in the Sans Souci building, and to have seen vague apparitions in the Hollybourne Cottage.
Dolphins- Smarter Than Humans?
What’s weird about a dolphin? well, some experts claim these mammals have an intelligence that is just below that of man. They have their own language, and use sonar to help them find prey.
A dolphin’s intelligence is nowhere more apparent than when they’re on the hunt. They work as a team, and have learned to use their environment as a tool for catching fish.
Dolphins have been observed herding fish up tidal creeks into shallow water, and then running them onto a beach shelf – even sliding onto the sand themselves to eat their catch before using their flukes to work themselves back into the water.
They also corral fish. in the flats, a lone dolphin will swim in a tight circle around a school of fish, while his friends watch and wait. The circling dolphin’s actions stirs up silt, which forms an opaque circle around his prey. The fish think the circle is a wall, and jump out of it – straight into the other dolphin’s mouths. Mmmmm – sushi.
Big Foot’s Jekyll Island Adventure
In 1963 a teen and his younger brother supposedly spotted a Sasquatch while driving the island’s back roads.
It happened on the 4th of July, and the boys were heading to meet their family for the fireworks. According to the boys, big Foot was around 6 feet tall, and covered with longish gray hair. The creature’s arms were much longer than a man’s.
This sighting is documented at The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, Report 8405.
Enemy Tanks on Jekyll Island
In April of 1942, a German sub torpedoed 2 tankers off the coast of Sea Island. Cases of paint, chicken, and beef quarters washed ashore at Jekyll.
Understandably, this caused consternation in a lot of folks, especially Jekyll Island’s resident millionaires. this incident, among others, caused the formation of watch patrols on Jekyll Island.
One evening, a Coast Guard sailor patrolling the beach discovered a chilling sight – tank tracks leading from the surf to the dunes. He rushed to tell the island caretaker, excitedly exclaiming that the Germans had dropped off a tank during the night and that the island was under invasion.
The caretaker quickly dressed and accompanied the Coast Guardsman back to the tank landing site. He discovered a track, all right – the track of a loggerhead turtle. The turtle had left the surf, lumbered up the beach, laid its eggs, then returned to the sea, laying down a parallel track that looked just like tank tread impressions.
The caretaker had to dig up the eggs and show them to the sailor to alleviate his fears.
Jekyll Island Beer
Ever had a Jekyll Island brand beer? well, you wouldn’t have – unless you were on the hit T.V. series Lost. one episode of Lost introduced Jekyll Island beer.
It’s a fictional brand. Apparently, fictional brands are created for television shows and the movies when producers can’t always get the rights to place real products on their productions.
According to the website TopTenz.net, Jekyll Island beer was created by Independent Studio Services, one of the largest suppliers of props – and fictional products – for film and television.
Some things about this great family destination may be weird, but take them with a grain of salt. enjoy the pristine beaches. View the wildlife. Eat at some scrumptious seafood restaurants.
But, also – keep an eye out for ghosts. be on the alert for big Foot. Don’t match wits with a dolphin. Watch out for those pesky German tanks.
And order a margarita – because you won’t get a Jekyll Island beer.
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