The Jekyll Island Club was an island retreat built in the late 1880's for the wealthy who could afford the $600 / year membership and the means to get to the island resort. With no roads or railroad to the reclusive island, the only way to get there was by boat.
The favorite past time of early members and their families was hunting. A gamekeeper kept the island well stocked with pheasant, turkeys, wild boar and deer.
Among the members included William Rockefeller, Henry Hyde, Marshall Field, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer and William Vanderbilt. The accommodations began with the large hotel, then a 'condominium' was built, followed by some large homes on the property.
The hotel is still in use today and is quite magnificent.
Sans Souci ("Without Care") was built by J.P. Morgan and was large enough for six families.