Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fairbank Cottage Site
The Most Desirable Site
The brick outline that you see in front of you marks the former Location of Fairbank Cottage.
When Chicago manufacturer Nathaniel Kellogg Fairbank purchased the lot in 1889, he was excited about the possibilities of his new cottage. Fairbank enjoyed the simplicity of the island and "thrived on the sociability of the place."
His cottage getaway was a fairly modest home with six bedrooms, two baths, a great hall, library, and kitchen. Four different families owned the cottage before it was demolished around 1944.
Once considered "the most convenient and desirable site on the island," Lot 15 was the closest to the Clubhouse.
Did you know? N.K. Fairbank served as vice president of the Jekyll Island Club from the 1888-89 season until his death in 1903.
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 31° 3.518′ N, 81° 25.298′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Men of Means (a few steps from this marker); The Clubhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sans Souci (within shouting distance of this marker); Evolution of Elegance (within shouting distance of this marker); Sans Souci Boiler House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Transcontinental Call (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morgan Tennis Court (about 400 feet away); The Skeet House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Regarding Fairbank Cottage Site. Fairbank Cottage Site is part of the Jekyll Island Historic District.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Jekyll Island Historic District
Also see . . .
1. Nathaniel Kellogg Fairbank. Fairbank founded N.K. Fairbank and Company, a manufacturer of animal-based shortenings. He later expanded his business into the manufacture of soap and cleansers made from lard and cottonseed oil. The brands Fair Soap and Gold Dust Washing Powder were common household (Submitted on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. N. K. Fairbank. Fairbank served as: president of The University of Chicago board of trustees, a founder and president of The Chicago Club, a founder of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a senior officer and an early major trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, one of the original trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the first Commodore of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club, and as a director of numerous corporations between 1880 and 1903. He was also a member of the famous Jekyll Island Club (aka The Millionaires Club) on Jekyll Island, Georgia. (Submitted on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Fairbank, Arizona. Fairbank is a ghost town in Cochise County, Arizona, next to the San Pedro River. First settled in 1881, Fairbank was the closest rail stop to nearby Tombstone, which made it an important location in the development of southeastern Arizona. The town was named for Chicago investor Nathaniel Kellogg Fairbank who partially financed (Submitted on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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