Our coastal community…. homes and the natural environment
Here you can relax or swim along endless white sand beaches under the glorious sun. Boat, fish, and sail in the Atlantic. Challenge 216 holes of golf. Experience nature from the unique view of a kayak. Shoot skeet or go horseback riding along the beaches. Take a bike ride with your family. Play tennis. Photograph our native and transitory birds, lush forests and magical marshlands. Or, shop 'til you drop. Dine on fine coastal fare. Do it all-or nothing at all. Set your own pace. For life is unhurried.
Today, friendly folks are passing down the rich, colorful folklore of the area's history to attentive visitors. They come from every corner of the earth to enjoy the outstanding amenities, which have been kissed, by the sun, the sand and the sea. They love to hear the legends, and to explore our thick, live oak forests, shinning beaches, gentle salt marshes, and wonderful architecture.
Many elect to stay for a lifetime after experiencing a Golden Isles vacation. For here they can find the home of their dreams, excellent healthcare facilities, progressive educational advantages, diverse cultural experiences and welcoming churches.
Lifestyles & Housing
A couple strolls along a quiet shore as the waves gently roll to the beach. A blazing sun sets over an emerald golf course. Dolphins dance in the wake of a fishing boat. Welcome to life in Glynn County. It doesn't matter if you've been here for only a day or an entire lifetime, you'll wish you could stay just a little while longer.
Those who are fortunate enough to call GlynnCounty their home recognize its magical qualities. Those who visit Brunswick and the Golden Isles are enchanted by the rich, natural landscape found only in our corner of the state.
GlynnCounty is unique for many reasons. We not only offer a dreamlike getaway, but also a sense of permanence and community to many. With natural amenities, beautiful houses, safe neighborhoods, and no limit of activities, GlynnCounty is the perfect place to call home.
The beauty of downtown Brunswick demonstrates that the town must have been designed by an artisan many years ago. The English flavor of the community is apparent as you stroll along the brick streets lined with historic buildings and stately homes. In fact, the town was designed by John Glynn, an Englishman who befriended the Colonies during the American Revolution. Glynn's seaport city still retains its orginal grid, as well as 36 of the architecturally significant buildings that have been standing since 1819.
Although the original inhabitants of St. Simons were Guale Indians, it was another Englishman, James Edward Oglethorpe, who permanently settled the island in 1636. The island grew, along with SeaIsland, as it became apparent that the isles were ideal for fairytale vacations in a new resort area.
One site still frequently visited on St. Simons is the FortFredericaNational Monument. FortFrederica, built in 1736, is a popular, historic setting. Named for Frederick, Prince of Wales, it is now a well-preserved national park. A museum, tours, and special presentations bring this settlement back to life for its many local and touring visitors.
Known far and wide for its world famous hotel, The Cloister, SeaIsland has long brought visitors to our golden corner. The Cloister was founded in the 1920s by Howard E. Coffin, the distinguished inventor of the Hudson Automobile.
The resort amenities include a golf club, a shooting school, horseback riding, fine dining and numerous other activities. SeaIsland can be reached by causeway from St.SimonsIsland.
Because of our rich history, it's easy to understand how our isles became "golden" and how our mainland is steeped in tradition and artistic works. A step onto JekyllIsland transforms one back into an era of immense wealth and glamour, to a time when the wealthiest citizens in the country - the Morgans, Astors, Pulitzers and Rockefellers - retreated to the island as their own private playground. Their Jekyll Island Club, which operated as their private getaway until 1933, still stands today, a symbol of the grandeur of a past time.
LITTLE ST. SIMONS
Little St.SimonsIsland dates back even further. The island was originally purchased in 1908 by Philip Berolzheimer.
Accessible only by boat, Little St. Simons Island is the northernmost point of the Golden Isles and certainly the most secluded. For many years a privately owned retreat, the Island now offers a limited number of guests the rare opportunity to experience the enchantment and solitude of the isolated beaches and marshlands.
GlynnCounty is located in the southeastern coastal region of the state on the 1-95 corridor. Savannah sits approximately 75 miles to the north, while Jacksonville is just 65 miles south. Brunswick, the county seat, is conveniently located minutes from 1-95 Exits 6-8. JekyllIsland, SaintSimonsIsland and SeaIsland, referred to as the Golden Isles, are just minutes off U. S. Highway 17.
GlynnCounty stretches over a land area of approximately 440 square miles, and the natural landscape varies dramatically. From sandy beaches on the eastern seashore to the tall Georgia pine forests west of 1-95, it is amazing that one can find such wonderful variety in one place. The region's flat terrain, interwoven with marshes and intracoastal waterways, averages just 14 feet in elevation.
GlynnCounty's public school system comprises nine elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools, serving 11,500 students. Our schools have benefited from a 1995 bond referendum which provided new facilities and improvement programs throughout the system. Many of our schools and teachers have been recipients of many local, state, and national honors and awards.
You can reach the GlynnCounty Board of Education at 267-4100
FredericaAcademy (Pre K4-12)
St. Francis Xavier (Pre K4-8)
Coastal Ga Community College
St. Simons Public Library
Glynn CountyTax Assessors Office
BrunswickCity Tax Office
Retail Sales Tax: A 4% statewide sales tax and a 2% local option tax (GlynnCounty uses this tax to reduce property taxes) is paid at time of purchase.
Property Tax: Property taxes are determined by tax rates and assessment ratios, which vary by location. The taxes are figured by taking 40% of the assessed market value multiplied by the millage rate. The average millage rate for the county in 1997 was 25.65.
State Personal Income Tax: 1% - 6%
Georgia Power Co.
St. Simons Water & Sewage
City of Brunswick Waste
Atlanta Gas Light
DRIVERS LICENSE and MOTOR VEHICLE INFORMATION
GeorgiaState Patrol Office
Motor Vehicle Unit
Building Inspector's Office
Glynn CountyBoard of Elections 267-5695
Southeast Ga Regional Medical Center is a 337 bed MedicalCenter, and is a part of the Southeast Georgia Health System, which serves Brunswick, the Golden Isles and 13 surrounding counties.
SoutheastGeorgiaRegionalMedicalCenter 2415 Parkwood DriveBrunswick (912) 466-7000
NURSING HOME, ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES & RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES
Brian Center Inn 2255 Frederica Road, SSI 638-9988
One of the many favorite activities in GlynnCounty is golf. With 216 holes, Brunswick and the Golden Isles is Georgia's largest golf resort. Courses are available on SeaIsland, JekyllIsland, St.SimonsIsland and in Brunswick. Private and public courses are available and each course features its own individual challenges. For those who prefer not to test their talents on the large courses, miniature golf is always sure to provide plenty of family fun.
Although we are known for our natural and cultural riches, the spiritual strength of our many communities forms our foundation.
More than 140 churches serve our residents. Many of our congregations can actually trace their beginnings back to the last century, including ChristChurch, which was founded in 1820.
Although life in GlynnCounty can be whatever you want it to be, there's no escaping one thing- this is a magical place. Brunswick and the Golden Isles have a habit of bringing out the best in everyone. People become good friends and great neighbors in our community. We welcome you to join us, whether it is only for a weekend or a lifetime.