Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Jekyll Island Club" & Jekyll Island Historic District

JEKYLL ISLAND JEKYLL ISLAND JEKYLL ISLAND ADVENTURE,EXPLORE,WANDER, & MORE

How about a visit to the “Gilded Age” Let’s visit the Astors, Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, Morgans, McCormicks and more….

MQTlogoa A My Quality Time adventure….

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After camping for a week Linda and I spent our last two nights at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is a Historic Hotels of America member, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Ok, let’s check out the “Historic District.” How are we going to get around??

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We initially took the “trolley tour” with a very knowledgeable guide and got the “low down” on all the various historic sites. The next day we walked (very doable) for a more in depth look about.

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The most exclusive resort in the nation. It is said its membership represented one-sixth of the world's wealth and a dictate agreed upon no unwanted or uninvited person ever visit the island. The rule remained in effect until 1942. (Armed guards were stationed around the island with orders to shoot on sight.) & ( The members of the club abandoned their “cottages” during World War II and just left their furnishings) They never did return.

What does a “Cottage” look like?

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The Goodyear Cottage, completed in 1906 for Buffalo lumber and railroad magnate Frank Goodyear. ( All the cottages were designed by “northern architects” so they have basements which filled with water do to the water table being what it is.)

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There is a great art collection at the Goodyear Cottage.

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Mistletoe cottage was built in 1900 by Henry Kirke Porter, a train locomotive manufacturer and philanthropist. He also helped found the YMCA.

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The largest of the millionaires' homes we visited was the Crane House. Crane made his millions with bathroom and plumbing fixtures.  We are talking 20 bedrooms and 17 baths….

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“Cherokee, built 1904-1907 for Dr. and Mrs. G. F. Shrady of New York City, typifies one kind of Italian Renaissance style of architecture. The hipped roof of ceramic tiles terminates in widely overhanging eaves. Supported by decorative brackets, the eaves contribute to the structure’s overall look of elegance and solidarity.” READ MORE

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How did the millionaires get around while on the island?

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DSC_0100 I’ll stick with the tram.

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Indian Mound Cottage, the Jekyll Island home of William and Almira Rockefeller. A real “showcase cottage” OH.. YOU WANT TO GO INSIDE..WELL OK

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JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB WHARF

Here anchored the most luxurious pleasure craft in the world during the existence of the Jekyll Island Club, 1886-1942. READ MORE

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According to local “ghost stories” this is the most haunted house on the island. The Hollybourne is still in need of restoration but.. the ghosts of the Maurice women won’t let it happen.

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Jennings Cottage "Villa Ospo"

This cottage was erected in 1928 by Walter Jennings, capitalist of New York. It has a total of twenty rooms, including ten bedrooms and five baths. Owned by the director of Standard Oil, Walter Jennings, it is the only home to be built with a garage.

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“Our final stop is Faith Chapel, the second interdenominational chapel built by the Jekyll Island Club. This small, Gothic style chapel features two superb stained glass windows. At the chapel’s east end, behind the altar, is the beautiful stained glass window – Adoration of the Christ Child- created by Maitland Armstrong and his daughter.” (Attendance at chapel on the Sabbath was mandatory  but a member of the Jekyll Island Club could send a servant to fulfill the requirement.)

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wedding Those sure are some limbs on the Plantation Oak.

A Must see is::

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This building was originally the “Power Station.” Get an idea of what the Sea Turtle Center is all about CLICK

DSC_0083 Linda and I want to  thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed the post. As you can see we are back at the beach.. The Driftwood Beach CLICK

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jtf1Oh, The Mother's Day Brunch at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in the Grand Dining Room was to kill for…

2 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nice tour and as I said before we really really need to visit the Georgia coast. That's a very cool idea to combine camping and hotel stay (especially such an elegant hotel) ... the best of both worlds in one trip!!

Marie said...

Orders to shoot unwanted visitors on sight; having a surrogate attend church for you...wow, the plot thickens! This was one of the most fascinating posts yet, Joe! I've wondered about Jeckyll Island for a long time, and this was fascinating! Great photos. Great info!