Faith Chapel History
In 1904 the Jekyll Island Club members built Faith Chapel as a non-denominational church to replace the small Union Chapel. Although it had a strong Episcopalian influence, it was open to members of all faiths. Since the Club required that their members attend church service every Sunday, they needed a suitably larger facility. Busy or otherwise unavailable members, however, could send servants in their stead. In addition to being part of the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark, in 1971 the church joined the National Register of Historic Places.
The Maurice family built Hollybourne in 1890, making it one of the first privately-owned homes of the Club era. And the Maurices were the last family to leave, after having lost their home to the state. Charles Stewart Maurice was a bridge builder, so he incorporated some bridge-building techniques in the house. Unique for the era, Hollybourne has very large rooms on the ground floor without columns. Instead, the construction uses trusses. Traditional tabby uses a combination of lime, water, sand, ash, and oyster shells. The lime comes from burning oyster shells. Maurice modified the traditional tabby formula with the then new Portland cement to make it stronger. But he wound up weakening the house by leaving the tabby wooden forms in the walls, which caused rot.
Tours in the Historic District
A Historic District tour is a great way to envision the island during the height of its millionaire club past. Tours include going inside several select cottages. Narrators give participants a feel for the day-to-day operations of the island during the Jekyll Club Era. From January to March, the millionaires of the country dined and relaxed together in an environment where they were “roughing it.” And their conversations often impacted the direction of the country.
Some churches on the island share space. The Methodist church, for example, shares its building with Catholic and Episcopal congregations.
While the Jekyll Island churches have local congregations, they are used to serving the many visitors to the island. So don’t be shy about attending your preferred service. Jekyll Sandpiper renters will find all the churches are on the west side of the island.
Summer Camp Registration
Registration for four types of camps on Jekyll Island, Georgia opened in late February. Participants can choose from Time Travelers Camp, Sea Turtle Camp, Golf Camp, and Tennis Camp. Although each summer camp has its own specific focus, they do have common aspects, such as a visit to Summer Waves Water Park and a daily lunch. The camps run Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM, leaving campers time to enjoy other aspects of the island during their own time. Jekyll Sandpiper Vacation renters may want to signup for camp slots taking place during their summer stays.
Jekyll Island is a barrier island on the southeast coast of Georgia, USA. It is the southernmost of the Golden Isles, a collection of islands near Brunswick. The state of Georgia took ownership of Jekyll in 1947, and it created the Jekyll Island-State Park Authority (JIA) to run the island in 1950. Jekyll measures 7 1/2 miles by 3 miles in length. The island has 10 miles of beach and 20 miles of bike paths. The JIA maintains many pavilions and picnic sites for public use, as well as public fishing piers and a public boat launch. Jekyll is 5700 acres in size, and by law the state will allow development of no more than 35% of Jekyll’s land.
Frank Goodyear, a lumber baron, built the Goodyear Cottage in 1906. The Italian-styled home was restored in 1973. Today it houses the Jekyll Island Arts Association. Goodyear is the only mansion in The Historic District that is open for free every day. Its hours are Monday – Friday noon to 4 PM and Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. The home is set up as an art gallery, with items created by local and visiting artists. You will find paintings and photography of structures and nature local to Jekyll Island, as well as examples of sculpture, pottery, weaving and other forms of art. Many of the displayed works are for sale.
European-influenced history on Jekyll Island began with General James Oglethorpe, who led a British ship in 1732 to found the colony of Georgia. Major William Horton was Oglethorpe’s second-in-command. He built his first house on the island in 1736, but the Spaniards destroyed this wooden structure. Horton, who was in charge of troops at Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island, used tabby construction for his second home. Tabby is a type of concrete. It comes from burning oyster shells to create lime and then mixing it with broken oyster shells, sand, ash, and water. Horton House is the oldest standing structure in Georgia, though only its shell is intact.