Saturday, April 6, 2013

Jekyll Island Club

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.
The historical wharf has a little cafe and gift shop.
Tourists can view one of the homes on the property with a ticket on the tram tour, but we declined and just walked around the grounds.

Sans Souci ("Without Care") was built by J.P. Morgan and was large enough for six families.
William Rockefeller lived here for a time, then built his own "cottage" which he named 'Indian Mound'.
The grounds are well manicured and they have carriage rides which adds a nice touch.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great tour, I had never heard of the place. It also will be added to my must see list. I am happy to see full time RV life is working out so well for you guys.

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  2. I would love to visit that place! You took some beautiful pictures. I will have to add this to my bucket list!
    Candy

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  3. Jekyll Island is now on my bucket list!

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  4. Wow! Reminds me of my visit to Pebble Beach and Monterey yesterday - just simple little summer 'cottages'.

    Thanks for the wonderful tour and photos. I'm guessing you must have felt like I did when I got back home. I just sat there thinking "what the heck" about all that money??

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  5. Thanks for the pics and info. Randy. We wanted to get over there during the Brunswick TRVN Rally, but ran out of time before moving on.

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