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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Day visiting Jeykll Island ~ WOW!

Jeykll Island ~ April 5th, 2012
Jekyll Island Historic District, a National Historic Landmark
that is situated on the southeast side of Jekyll Island.
Occupied by the Guale Indians who called the area Ospo. Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, maintained an outpost on the island, and a plantation was established by one of his officers, Maj. William Horton. In 1794 a French family, the du Bignons,bought the island. They retained possession until 1886 when the island was sold to the newly formed "Jekyll Island Club." The house was built of a material called Tabby. Tabby is a building material consisting of lime, sand, water, and crushed oyster shells. It seems to be very strong and these are the remains of the house that both Horton & the du Bignons owned.

Considered to be the most exclusive social club in the United States, the Jekyll
Island Club had a limit of 100 members, among them the Astors, Goodyear, Vanderbilts,
Pulitzers, Morgans, Macys and McCormicks

A club house was built on the island and members constructed private "cottages". Indian Mound, the twenty-five room home of the Rockefeller family; the Goodyear Cottage completed in 1906: Crane Cottage, circa 1917, the largest and most lavish of the cottages; the original Club House, a wood and brick Victorian structure with towers and manicured lawns; and Faith Chapel, built in 1904 in the Gothic style. The chapel also has a large signed Tiffany stained glass window.
Furness Cottage ~ Faith Chapel

Moss Cottage (Macy) ~ Indian Mound (Goodyear)

Dubignon Cottage ~ Mistletoe Cottage

It was fun visiting Jeykll Island and imagining living the life of the wealthy of years gone by... compared to the hard times the original settlers must of had.
A great place to visit & dream.

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


KarenInTheWoods said...

Absolutely beautiful! I had been there about 25 years ago. The little deer were so tame and used to visitors they came right up to you to beg for treats. LOL

Sue and Doug said...

those are quite the cottages!!

Happytrails said...

You always do the most awesome job giving tours of the area you are in. This was another great tour of Jeykll Island. Love the pics!!

hobopals said...

We used to go over to Jekyll quite frequently when the kids were little. When they were grown we went to St. Simons in October or March--perfect weather and no bugs. If you're in the area for a while, see if you can make reservations for Cumberland--great ferry ride over and only 60 or so people allowed on the island at a time. Wild horses, beautiful beaches, etc.

Your blog made me want to go over to Jekyll!

Jim and Sandie said...

It's amazing the difference in perspective - the rich call those cottages and I'd call them mansions. But they are beautiful. Thanks for the info and tour.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Brought back memories for me. We moved to Jekyll Island when our twins were two. My last child was born while we lived there. I have fond memories of our time there.

Unknown said...

A friend of mine vacationed at Jekyl island and since she talked about it I always wanted to visit there. Thanks for reminding me to keep this place on the list. Thanks for the tour too!

The Good Luck Duck said...

You're not far from one of my stomping grounds, back when I stomped. I graduated high school in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Spent many fine hours on the island, wonderful place to visit.

Looking at the campground there for an extended stay one of these days.

Bob and Jo said...

We've added Jekyll island to our list

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