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Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Solterra Dove Cote

Solterra Cottage Dove Cote site

 
 
Solterra Dove Cote Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 14, 2017
1. Solterra Dove Cote Marker
Inscription.  The beautiful Queen Anne cottage Solterra burned to the ground in 1914. The only thing remaining as the sun set on March 9, 1914, was a brick chimney and a small outbuilding — the Dovecote.

The Dovecote became a multipurpose building after the site was sold to the Crane family. It would be moved all over the island by the Club and the Jekyll Island Authority. The Dovecote was once placed next to the beach and refreshments were sold to the island guests.

Now it has a permanent home near its original site.

Traditional Dovecotes

See, to the whitewashed cot what doves have flown!
While, that unwhitewashed, not a bird will own.

—Ovid. Tris.

Pigeon farming was popular in the early Roman culture. Romans likely brought the dovecote, or columbarium, to the countryside of France and the UK during the Roman period. Found on larger manors and estates, the dovecote was a status symbol. The pigeons also provided food for a household.

The dovecote fell out of fashion during the late 1700s and early 1800s. A resurgence in popularity occurred in the mid-1800s, as
Marker detail: Solterra Cottage Fire, March 9, 1914 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Solterra Cottage Fire, March 9, 1914
they begin to appear on estates of the wealthy in the United States, France and the UK.
 
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum and Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 31° 3.709′ N, 81° 25.372′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Old Plantation Road 0.1 miles north of Schoolhouse Lane, on the left when traveling north. Marker and Solterra Dove Cote are located in the open field on the south side of Hollybourne Cottage. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 379 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. Taking Care of Family (within shouting distance of this marker); The Active Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving the Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Plantation Oak (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Villa Marianna (about 300 feet away); Cherokee Cottage (about 400 feet away); Captain Clarks Cottage (about 500 feet away); Villa Ospo (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
Marker detail: Traditional Dovecotes image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Traditional Dovecotes
Solterra Dovecote • Original Location image. Click for full size.
4. Solterra Dovecote • Original Location
Shown above in a postcard from 1914, the Solterra Dovecote in its original location before a fire devastated the property. (inset) The dovecote sometime in 1917, next to Capt. Clark’s cottage near Pier Road.
Solterra Dove Cote (<i>east elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 14, 2017
5. Solterra Dove Cote (east elevation)
(marker is mounted on door)
Solterra Dove Cote (<i>south elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 14, 2017
6. Solterra Dove Cote (south elevation)
(Hollybourne Cottage in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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