One of the biggest benefits of growing up around boat racing for me was the travel aspect. I highly value the huge list of places I’ve been and seen strictly because of boat racing as well as an “ability” to pack up and go anywhere on an adventure that I possess because of boat racing that I realized later in life not everyone is blessed with. While much of the time, the reality is; we, as boat racers tend to blow into town, do our race, pack up and leave, one aspect I want to include on this blog is the travel aspect. Call it a travel section, a chance to celebrate, give back and promote the locales that are willing to host us or a list of resources for those of us looking for something to do après-race, I hope to include both local articles on the race site and “stories from the road”. Here is my first attempt, I hope you enjoy.
According to Wikipedia; Jesup, Georgia is a city in Wayne County with a population of around 10,000. The city is the county seat of Wayne County Georgia. Jesup was founded in 1856 as a depot junction of the Macon and Brunswick Railroad and the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad.
Built around the train depot as well as Historic U.S. Highway 301 and 341 (The Golden Isles Parkway), known as the traditional route through the South for generations, Wayne county and Jesup provide a glimpse of history and nostalgia for today’s vacationers. As it has been for generations, travelers never know exactly what they might find around the next bend or in the next town. Jesup is truly a treasure along this route; a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts this beautiful location has history, outdoor adventure and the best Southern hospitality that can be found.
One of the largest annual events in Jesup is the spring Dogwood Festival celebrating the gardens at their peak, in full bloom. While we will be arriving a week late for this festival in 2014, with the relatively cold winter I am assuming we actually are going to be right on time according to Mother Nature in 2014. If you haven’t been to Georgia in the spring, get ready, you are in for a beautiful show. Certainly a welcome sight for many making the trip from the northern regions still covered in snow.
If you’re in to history Jesup lists local attractions that might be worth looking into. Doctortown is the site of a successful Confederate stand under the direction of Brig. Gen. H.K. McKay of the Georgia Militia in December of 1864. McKay and his troops dug in here to prepare a defense of the Savannah and Gulf Railroad Bridge over the Altamaha River. The Battle for the Doctortown Railroad Trestle is considered the only Confederate victory on Sherman’s March to the Sea. If trains are more “your thing” explore Jesup’s historic and current ties to the railroad at 101 E. Cherry Street. Be sure to check out the Little Red Caboose and get a healthy dose of Wayne County history from General “Mad Anthony” Wayne through the railroad boom. The nearby Wayne County Railfan Platform / Train Triangle offers a shady shelter where you can watch and listen to the chatter of conductors and engineers of the modern railroad on passing Amtrak, Norfolk Southern and CSX trains.
Looking for something to do?
If you’re looking for something to do in the evening while in Jesup, consider the Jesup Twin Drive-In Theater. Gates open at 7pm, shows start at 8:20 and the Drive In boasts two screens with two movies each Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Military & Seniors and $3.00 for children. To see what’s playing or for more information click here.
Do yourself a favor; Don’t miss Savannah!
Finally, if you have a little more time to spend in the area do yourself a favor and make the trip to Savannah. Located just over an hour away and boasting absolutely beautiful architecture and gardens, rich history, a vibrant social atmosphere and incredibly interesting, eclectic local stories and legends of the ghosts of this historic port city, if you’ve never been it would be an injustice to be so close and not check it out.
- “America’s Best Cities”
- “Top Ten Friendliest City in America (#3)”
- “Forsyth Park: Top 25 Parks in the World (#7)”
- “Best Romantic City”
- “Top 10 Cities in the United States (#9)”
- “Top 5 Picinic Destinations in the South”
- “Best Affordable U.S. Destinantions”
- “Top 10 U.S. Cities to Visit”
- “Top Ten Cities for Historic Preservation”
- “ A Best City for Nighlife in The USA”
- … and literally hundreds more!
Take a Trolley Tour, A history tour, A Ghost Tour, Explore River Street and the Squares … oh BTW, all with beverage in hand if you would like. Explore Bona Venture Cemetery or hit the beach at Tybee … I could go on and on about Savannah, the azaleas are going to be in bloom, the live oaks in the beautiful squares are calling, don’t miss it if you have the chance!