Jekyll Island is part of the Golden Isles of Georgia.
Jekyll Island Club." 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, Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, Morgans and McCormicks and was laid out by prominent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland. A club house was built on the island and members constructed private "cottages"-- enormous residences designed to house entire families with staff. The club was open for the post-Christmas season when many families came down from Newport and New York to relax and enjoy the "country life." Reference:nps/gov.
They were playing croquet on the front lawn all dressed in white. I felt like I was watching a scene from Downton Abbey.
Millionaires Village note the names "cottage" for the likes of
San Souci, owned in part by J.P, Morgan and one of the first condominiums in the U.S. San Souci also known as the House of Power housed J. P. Morgan and Company on the third floor north, James A. Scrymser third floor south, Central and South American Telegraph Company, William Rockefeller second floor north, Standard Oil Company, Henry Hyde was on the second floor south, Equitable Life Assurance Company, William Anderson, first floor, American Cotton Oil Company, Joseph Stickney, first floor south of Conyham and Company. Wow no wonder the building is painted green. That place was dripping with money. The spirit of J.P. Morgan, and the smell of cigar in his third floor apartment is one of the extraordinary haunting special features, so they say.
|Indian Mound Cottage|
Also famous for the creation of the Federal Reserve. In 1910, Aldrich and executives representing the banks of J.P. Morgan, Rockefeller, and Kuhn, Loeb & Co., secluded themselves for ten days at Jekyll Island, Georgia. The executives included Frank A. Vanderlip, president of the National City Bank of New York, associated with the Rockefellers; Henry Davison, senior partner of J.P. Morgan Company; Charles D. Norton, president of the First National Bank of New York; and Col. Edward House, who would later become President Woodrow Wilson's closest adviser and founder of the Council on Foreign Relations. There, Paul Warburg of Kuhn, Loeb, & Co. directed the proceedings and wrote the primary features of what would be called the Aldrich Plan. Warburg would later write that "The matter of a uniform discount rate (interest rate) was discussed and settled at Jekyll Island." Vanderlip wrote in his 1935 autobiography From Farmboy to Financier:
In 1915 President of A T and T made the first public transcontinental telephone call.
The first transcontinental telephone call was transmitted by a telephone instrument of this type on January 25, 1915. Mr. Theodore N. Vail, President of American Telephone and Telegraph Company talked from Jekyll Island to Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of telephone in New York, Thomas A, Watson, Assistant to Dr. Bell, in San Francisco; and to President Woodrow Wilson in Washington D.C.
Telephone Pioneers of America
Faith Chapel, built in 1904 in the Gothic style with copies of the Notre Dame de Paris gargoyles. The chapel also has a large signed Tiffany stained glass window. I did not see the window. Had I known about it prior I would have gone in. I just have to go back now is all. Georgia isn't that far away.
In 1947 it changed from a retreat for the rich and famous to a playground for all when Georgia purchased Jekyll Island for $675,000.
Jekyll Island Club Wharf
Here anchored the most luxurious pleasure craft in the world during the existence of the Jekyll island club, 1886 – 1942. No other yacht was comparable to John Pierpont Morgan’s several Corsairs, Corsair II, too large to dock anchored in the channel. Morgan was escorted ashore by a flotilla of small craft after cannon had sounded of his arrival in these waters. Corsair II was 304 ft overall, beam 33 ½ ft. draft 17 ft. speed 19 knots, tonnage 1,600. About this Corsair, Morgan when asked how much it cost, made his classic remark, “If you have to consider the cost you have no business with a yacht.” Other palatial yachts owned by Jekyll Island Club members were Pierre Lorillard’s Carmen, James Stillman's Wanda, Astors' Nourmahal, Vanderbilt's Alvah and Valiant, H. Manville's Hi Esmaro, Pulitzer's Liberty, George F. Baker's Viking, E.T. Stotesbury's Castle, Crane's Illyria, Theodore N. Vail's Speedwell and Northwind, Commodore Frederick Bourne's Marjorie, Goulds' Hildegards, Saono, and Ketchum. Edwin Gould built a private dock in front of his cottage, Chichota. Andrew Carnegie, whose family owned Cumberland Island, visited Jekyll on yachts Skibo and Missoe."
Georgia Historical Commission
Stay and have lunch out on the wharf. It is affordable. I had the crawdaddies for the first time EVER. I wasn't exactly sure how to eat them but as they say, when in Jekyll go for the hyde. I also purchased praline at the candy store for the first time to sooth the sweet tooth, delectable. The bathrooms are really nice too! Marble!
National Historic Landmark Status in 1978,