Moses H. Thompson House, 1870, The Ridge

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William H Davis writes: This is the Thompson family home. My great-great grandmother bought the lot behind this house from the Thompsons in the 1880s. The home is still in her estate but is abandoned. I spent many happy summers there on The Ridge.

The present owner, Virginia Hames Troy, is restoring the house. She writes: The first owner of our 1870 house, Moses H. Thompson, sold an adjoining lot to Mr. Davis’ great-great-grandmother (a friend of Mrs. Thompson’s) and also a few acres further back to James Cromley, who was Sapelo Island’s lighthouse keeper from 1873 -1889. Moses Thompson was a manager for Hilton Lumber Company’s sawmill on Union Island which was located near the site of Blue N Hall Marina. There are interesting stories about Thompson and 19 other men who were captured by Union soldiers while trying to run a Union blockade of Doboy Sound. Most were taken to a prison in Philadelphia and had to walk home to Georgia at the end of the Civil War.

The Ridge Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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John Rudolph House, 1870, St. Marys

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St. Marys Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Indian Mound Cottage, 1892, Jekyll Island

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Gordon McKay of Massachusetts built Indian Mound and so named it for a mound on the lawn, then thought to have been a burial site of the Guale Indians but later found to be a shell midden. William Rockefeller purchased it in 1905 and it remained in the Rockefeller family until 1947. It was the first of the club cottages to be restored. It has long served as a house museum.

Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District

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Mistletoe, 1900, Jekyll Island

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Charles Alling Gifford built Mistletoe in the Dutch Colonial Revival style for Pittsburgh manufacturer and U. S. Congressman Henry Kirke Porter. Upon Porter’s death, John Claflin purchased Mistletoe. Claflin was an original member of the Jekyll Island Club.

Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District

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DuBignon Cottage, 1884, Jekyll Island

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Built as a farmhouse for John Eugene DuBignon before he sold the island, this Stick Style Victorian seems out of place among the grander cottages built later by members of the Jekyll Island Club. It was used as the superintendent’s residence and housed overflow guests of club members in the early days of the organization. It originally stood on the location of the Sans Souci Apartments but was moved to its present location in 1896 to accommodate construction of that structure.

Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District

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Goodyear Cottage, 1903, Jekyll Island

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Built for Frank H. Goodyear of Buffalo, New York, this cottage was restored in 1973 and now serves as a gallery space and gift shop for the Jekyll Island Arts Association.

Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark Disrict

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Sans Souci Apartments, 1896, Jekyll Island

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J. P. Morgan headed a coporation of six club members including James J. Hill, Pierre Lorilard, William Rockefeller, J. A. Scrymser, and Frederick G. Bourne that built Sans Souci and held joint ownership. Each of the three floors contained two apartments. Sans Souci (meaning “no worries”) is considered to be one of the first condominiums ever built in the United States.

Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District

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