Beach Combing and Book Scouting – From Jekyll Island to Savannah

Sunrise on Jekyll Island

The day began early with a walk on the beach.  I can’t think of a better way to start the day!  I’ll start with some images of our walk on the shore…if you want to get right to the book scouting, scroll down!

We walked to Driftwood Beach on the north end of Jekyll Island

We found two beautiful conch shells, which we left on the beach (still inhabited by creatures!)

A sand dollar on the beach

Lots of little tide pools with sea creatures at low tide

Ron amongst the driftwood

And now on to the book scouting!  We left the island and drove north to beautiful Savannah.  Our last visit to this beautiful city was about ten years ago.   The historic district is lovely to walk in, with a fountain and park on every block and moss draped in the trees…

Savannah, Georgia

A resident of Savannah


Our first stop was to Books on Bay, located at 224 W. Bay Street and owned by Betsy Hoit-Therford.  Betsy carries a wide variety of collectible books, but specializes in collectible children’s books.  She has a terrific inventory of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, beautifully displayed.  She also has one of the nicest first editions of Gone with the Wind (in a lovely jacket) that I have ever seen.

Books on Bay, Savannah, GA

Betsy and Cathy in Books on Bay

We purchased some very nice books in this shop, and Betsy is a very knowledgeable and hospitable book dealer.  She let us remain parked in her lot while we went to lunch at a roof top restaurant called “Rocks on the Roof”  she recommended just down River Street.

View of the Savannah River from "Rocks on the Roof" restaurant

After lunch we were off to visit V & J Duncan Antique Maps & Books, at 12 East Taylor St., Savannah, GA.

V & J Duncan Antique Maps & Books, Savannah, GA

John Duncan of V & J Duncan Antique Maps & Books, Savannah, GA

We met John on our visit here ten years ago — glad to see he and his shop are still thriving!  If you like old maps, this is the place for you!  Charming shop with antiquarian maps, books, some decorated bindings.  John sent us over to the Savannah Historical Society, which was hosting a book sale.

Savannah Historical Society was hosting a book sale

This was our last book stop during our visit to Savannah, and now we are headed northward through South Carolina, the Virginias, and onward on our northern trek back to New York!


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