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.
There are generally three tours per day, but visitors should call ahead for specific times. They offer two options: Passport to the Century Tour and The Rockefeller Experience Tour. Each tour departs on a tram and gives a general overview of the island’s history. The Passport to the Century stops at two cottages. On our last tour, we visited Moss Cottage and Dubignon Cottage. The Rockefeller Experience focuses on Indian Mound Cottage, owned by William and Almira Rockefeller. Both tours include a visit to Faith Chapel, the non-denominational church that the Jekyll Club members attended.
If you don’t have 90 minutes to two hours for a tour, consider a walk-up visit to Faith Chapel. Or visit the Arts Association Shop, located in Goodyear Cottage. Walks and bike rides through the area are free and provide a great atmosphere for a bit of exercise.
Jekyll Island Museum
You buy your tour tickets at the Jekyll Island Museum Gift Shop. In the future, while you’re waiting for your departure, you’ll be able to wander the museum and see exhibits that teach the island’s history. If you’re touring soon, however, you’ll have to forego the museum due to a renovation. The new Mosaic will provide a journey through Jekyll’s past via interactive displays.
During the museum renovation, the tour sales and gift shop will be in the Old Infirmary building at 101 Old Plantation. Jekyll Sandpiper renters should find the facilities open from 9 AM to 5 PM. But We recommend you call ahead (912-635-4036) for tour times to avoid long waits before departure. Once the renovation is complete in 2019, the permanent location will return to The Stables at 100 Stable Rd. Historic Horse Carriage Tours, which used to leave from The Stables, have permanently moved to 364 Riverview Drive.