Island Passages
An Illustrated History of Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jingle Davis
Photographs by Benjamin Galland

The history, nature, and beauty of a jewel of the Georgia coast


“This is a winner of a book that every visitor to the Georgia coast, and every resident, will want to own. It is well researched and well written, and the photographs are knockouts. Jingle Davis gives us prime examples of the good and bad in Georgia’s past as she deftly shows how Jekyll Island fits into the history of the Golden Isles.”
—Jerald T. Milanich, author of Laboring in the Fields of the Lord: Spanish Missions and Southeastern Indians

“In her new book, Island Passages, Jingle Davis provides a sweeping overview of the history and natural environment of Jekyll Island. Written with a reporter’s flair and lavishly illustrated with photographs by Benjamin Galland, this volume is one that lovers of Jekyll Island and coastal Georgia will want to add to their libraries.”
—June Hall McCash, author of The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony and Jekyll Island’s Early Years and coauthor of The Jekyll Island Club

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Although it is among the smallest of Georgia’s Golden Isles, Jekyll Island boasts a depth of history rivaling that of its larger neighbors. The island embraces two National Historic Landmarks, a listing reserved for the nation’s most significant treasures. More than fifty archaeological sites have been excavated on Jekyll; others remain unexplored, including an Indian burial mound discovered recently on the grounds of a beachfront motel.

Written in a lively, accessible style by Jingle Davis and lavishly illustrated with photographs by Benjamin Galland, Island Passages is a solid work of public history that presents a carefully researched document of Jekyll Island, Georgia, from its geologic beginning as a shifting sand spit to its present-day ownership by the state of Georgia.

While many books have been published about Jekyll, most focus on specific erasor episodes of island history—such as the Jekyll Island Club, the landing of the slaveship Wanderer, and the DuBignon family dynasty. Davis and Galland’s book makes an important contribution to the island’s literature because it synthesizes all these aspects into a comprehensive and beautifully executed history that will appeal to coastal and island history aficionados and the general reader alike.

A Friends Fund Publication

Page count: 288 pp.
204 color and b&w images, 8 maps
Trim size: 10 x 9

Read more about Jekyll Island at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


List price: $34.95

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Jingle Davis is a retired journalist who worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, often covering south Georgia and the coast.
Benjamin Galland is a photographer and partner with h2o Creative Group in Brunswick, Georgia.
Davis and Galland previously collaborated on Island Time: An Illustrated History of St. Simons Island, Georgia (Georgia). Both are St. Simons Island natives.