In search of the Old South from New Orleans to Charleston, S.C. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Stephen Meuse for the Boston Globe Jekyll Island, Georgia, of the state’s Golden Isles, and once home to some of America’s wealthiest families. Stephen Meuse for the Boston Globe At Whaley’s Restaurant & Bar on Edisto Island, the Old South is present in all its glory. iStockphoto A Gulf Coast shrimp boat. The effects of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill can be seen along the Gulf Coast. ISTOCKPHOTO St. John's River in St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country (Ponce de Leon landed here in 1513). Stephen Meuse for the Boston Globe Shrimp po'boy with slaw at Fins on the Beach in Jekyll Island, Georgia. Stephen Meuse for the Boston Globe Whaley's on Edisto Island, S.C., is in a defunct gas station near Edisto Beach. Stephen Meuse for the Boston Globe Grilled redfish, hush puppies, cheese grits, and grilled crabcake at Boss Oyster restaurant in Apalachicola, Fla. Stephen Meuse for the Boston Globe Peg Leg Pete's on Pensacola Beach is lively and fun, full of spring breakers, with a good grilled grouper sandwich. Stephen Meuse for the Boston Globe The gracious staff at the Gastonian Inn in Savannah hosts a cocktail hour before dinner and dessert and coffee after. ISTOCKPHOTO An Egret took off from the edge of the beach where it meets the marsh on Jekyll Island's south end in Georgia. iStockphoto A road trip in search of the Old South begins in New Orleans and ends with a night out in Charleston, S.C. (pictured).