Reynolds Mansion, Sapelo Island

This was the home of R. J. Reynolds tobacco heir Richard Reynolds, who purchased it from Howard Coffin and restored it in 1934. It was greatly modified from the early construction of Thomas Spalding. When Reynolds died in 1964, the process of selling the house to the state of Georgia, as well as the vast majority of the island, was initiated. It was finalized in 1969. Today, it serves as a lodge and event venue for small groups.

 

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4 responses to “Reynolds Mansion, Sapelo Island

  1. Alex Thrash

    It doesn’t look that pretty now.

    • I agree, Alex. Many years and different renovations have altered its appearance. It isn’t the most visually interesting place on Sapelo, but it’s an important part of its history.

  2. Dr. Cecil lW. Clontz

    The Mansion is under constant repair and restoration as state money is available. It is still a stately building with a multitude of history, dating back to pre civil war. It was designed after Monticello and was basically destroyed during the Civil War. It is definitely a part of our history.
    I am a volunteer docent, showing the Mansion at Christmas. We constantly get very positive comments on the Mansion.

    • Dr. Clontz. I feel my prior comment was too harsh. I know there are wonderful features in the mansion, and I appreciate volunteers like you who help promote its history. Perhaps my biggest problem is my lack of interest in its exterior style. I’m most interested in the Menaboni murals inside. I guess my perception of the state’s lack of interest and funding in historic and natural places drives my attitude. I should visit the mansion on one of my working trips there this summer. Or better yet, I’d appreciate seeing it at the holidays, when you’re available to help change my mind about it. Views of the interior would go a long way in changing my mind!

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