This 240-acre historic district encapsulates the village that once comprised the winter retreat and seasonal residences for America's wealthiest—Morgan, Pulitzer, Goodyear, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt among them. Today, the original cottages still stand amidst the historic grounds with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, founded in 1886, as the crowned jewel. Nearby is Faith Chapel, built in 1904, which is illuminated by stained-glass windows, including one Tiffany
original. The chapel is open daily 2–4 unless it has been reserved for a wedding.
Jekyll Island Museum. This quaint museum offers guests a snapshot of Jekyll's rich history, from the life of original natives to the landing of one of the last slave ships at the South end to the Golden Age of the island, when America's rich and famous wintered at Jekyll. Tram tours ($16) originate at this little museum, departing daily at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, weather permitting. The 90-minute tour covers the National Historic Landmark District and includes entry into two restored cottages. 100 Stable Rd., 31527. 912/635–4036. www.jekyllisland.com/history/musuem/. Daily 9–5.
Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States