Georgia: Jekyll Island

Sitting back in a rocking chair on the wraparound porch of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, it's easy to transport yourself back to the days when robber barons owned this small barrier island off the Georgia coast. To your left is the 13-room "cottage" once owned by oil tycoon William Rockefeller (brother to John D.). Nearby are other vacation homes owned by the likes of Marshall Field, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt. They were among the business elite who made the Jekyll Island Club, founded in 1887 as a private winter resort, one of the most exclusive enclaves of its day.

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