“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Active Life

The Active Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 12, 2014
1. The Active Life Marker
Edwin Gould purchased Chichota cottage within 5 days of his first visit to Jekyll Island in December of 1900. He quickly began modifying the cottage for his family’s arrival in March. Edwin made a commitment to the Island, purchasing several lots and building Cherokee, a cottage for his in-laws the Shradys directly behind his own cottage.

Edwin’s two young sons, Edwin Jr. and Frank enjoyed many winter seasons on the island in the pursuit of the active, athletic life. Their parents built the “Casino,” with a bowling alley, indoor shooting range, game room, and extra lodging upstairs for guests. An indoor tennis court and greenhouse were added later. Edwin purchased a stable, beach house, a cottage for his gardener, and Latham Hammock across the Jekyll Creek from the island. He foresaw the Hammock becoming an additional ground for hunting and fishing for the club members as well as for men “of smaller means” not associated with the Jekyll Island Club.

Tragedy struck the family in February of 1917. Edwin Jr. was killed in a hunting accident on Latham Hammock, ending a chapter in the Gould family tradition of wintering on Jekyll. The family tragedy in effect was the death of the family holdings on the Island too. Chichota and the Casino fell into disrepair and were torn down at a
Chichota Entrance Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 12, 2014
2. Chichota Entrance Ruins
Remaining walkway and staircase of Edwin Gould's Chichota cottage on Jekyll Island.
later date.

Frank Miller Gould

A new chapter began with Frank Miller Gould, Edwin’s youngest son, who constructed his own cottage on Jekyll Island in 1929. He would name the cottage Villa Mariana after his young daughter Marianne. Frank had been coming to the island all of this life, and even the loss of his brother on the island could not destroy the fond memories he had of the island.
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum.
Location. 31° 3.677′ N, 81° 25.395′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Riverview Drive 0.3 miles south of Stable Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is in front of the Chichota cottage ruins, but difficult to see from the road. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Taking Care of Family (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Up In Smoke (about 500 feet away); Evolution of Elegance (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jekyll Island Club Wharf (approx. 0.2 miles away); Men of Means (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Chichota Foundation Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 12, 2014
3. Chichota Foundation Ruins
View from former Chichota entrance, looking across foundation remnants and other building ruins.
First Transcontinental Call (approx. ¼ mile away); The Skeet House (approx. ¼ mile away); M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Regarding The Active Life. The Chichota cottage and "Casino" fell into disrepair, deteriorated and were eventually torn down. All that remains are the front steps, building foundations and various other building ruins.
Also see . . .
1. The Ghosts of Jekyll Island’s Past: Eddie Gould and Grandmother Hester Shrady. Cherokee Cottage was built for love and is named for Cherokee roses which once grew in profusion there. The Edwin Gould family, with their two delightful boys, had a cottage on Riverview Drive next door to Crane Cottage. Edwin Gould loved his wife’s parents, very much, and he decided it would be a great idea to build them a cottage across the street so his boys could visit their grandparents as often as they liked. So, in 1904 the beautiful Italian Renaissance cottage was constructed, and from the beginning the boys were often seen darting across the way to see their grandparents. The boys,
Chichota Entrance Lion Gargoyle image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 12, 2014
4. Chichota Entrance Lion Gargoyle
Lion Gargoyle beside the Chichota cottage entrance staircase.
Edwin, Jr. and Frank, both liked to come to Jekyll Island each year, but Eddie especially could hardly wait. He loved the wildness of Jekyll Island, and for years he enjoyed hunting on Latham Hammock just across the Jekyll River. Sadly, when Eddie was still a young man, he was killed in a hunting accident on Latham Hammock. (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Edwin Gould I. He was born in New York City to railroad financier Jay Gould on February 26, 1866. He studied at Columbia University. He retired in 1926, and he died on July 12, 1933.
He was a very active member of the Jekyll Island Club (aka The millionaires Club) on Jekyll Island, Georgia along with J.P. Morgan and William Rockefeller among others. (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
Cistern Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 12, 2014
5. Cistern Ruins
This was probably a cistern for Chichota cottage. Lots of water pipe ruins are visible in the background.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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