Spooky secrets and hidden stories, Jekyll Island is filled with fascinating and harrowing history. Dating all the way back to 1733, the island’s history covers a lot of compelling territories. From the Native American settlements to the deep recesses of its intricate and densely-layered nature, you have a treasure cove of things to explore and see.
And the best way to experience the spookier side of Jekyll Island is by getting out there firsthand. Review your favorite of the Jekyll Island rentals and find a trove of waiting mysteries.
Dark Secrets of Jekyll Island
You can unearth many of the island’s most mysterious secrets on one of the Jekyll Island tours. The most popular is the Lighthouse Trolleys Land & Sea Tours. With this provider, you can take a direct trip through Jekyll Island’s history via land or sea. Guests can opt for inshore fishing trips, shark fishing trips, dolphin tours, downtown trolleys, and general sightseeing, there are different kinds of adventures to different kinds of enthusiasts.
Of course, one of the most popular options is the Jekyll Island ghost tour. This trolley tour weaves you throughout the streets of the island exploring the lore and legends of its many past locals.
What are some of these spooky dark secrets? Perhaps none are more famous than Edwin Gould, whose family home still stands in historic downtown (although in disarray). This once-lavish estate was abandoned after Gould accidently shot himself in the stomach, killing him shortly after. The family, distraught by the loss, left the luxury home and Jekyll Island forever.
You can also find the DuBignon Cemetery, home to a bizarre collection of graves. Only five can be found- three aristocrats and two lowly hotel employees. Why the hotel employees are buried there with the family that owned Jekyll Island is still a bit of a mystery. It is also widely said that none of the graves actually contain any bodies!
William J. Hart is another unfortunate Jekyll Island local. Upon discovering two men poaching turtle eggs, he stopped them, only to be shot and killed in the process. Stories and sightings still help shed a light on what Hart is up to now- patrolling the beaches every dawn.
The Horton House and the island lighthouse help round out the top local haunted locales. There are many secrets to be found hiding within the crooks and crannies of this very old island.
What to Expect
The Lighthouse Trolley Tour is one of the best ways to experience this ghostly history firsthand. The trolley stops at local haunts, like the Horton House and the DuBignon Cemetery.
Reservations are required for all trolley trips. Private group trips can be requested for larger parties.
Guests can bring light snacks and refreshments along for the trip. Overall, it is about 70 minutes roaming the island with a guide who will narrate and ask as many questions as you can muster the nerve to ask. Keep an eye out for ghostly sights!
Schedule and Pricing
Lighthouse Trolley Tours depart evenings at 8:30 p.m. The schedule may vary seasonally. We recommend calling ahead to confirm availability for your expected vacation dates and to reserve a spot as soon as possible.
Plan Your Visit
It is time to find the perfect Jekyll Island rental or Jekyll Island condo rental for your next family vacation! Browse all of our rentals to find the best one for your family’s needs.
Regarding social distancing and safe practices, all trolleys are open air and seating will be arranged with distancing in mind. Total tour sizes are also limited. Come 15 minutes prior to your leaving time from the Beach House Restaurant. Adults are $20 and children 12 and under are $10.
Where to Stay
Review our complete list of island rentals for your upcoming vacation dates. We also have a number of sensational and spacious St. Simons Island rentals from two to six bedrooms, featuring amenities such as screened porches, upper balconies, fenced courtyards, access to the beach, and grills and gas log fire pits. Contact us for additional details on availabilities, features, and the attractions.