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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
Inscription.  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
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.
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 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
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. The marker is in front of the Chichota cottage ruins, but difficult to see from the road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Plantation Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); Solterra Dove Cote (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving the Legacy
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.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Taking Care of Family (about 300 feet away); Brunswick Across the Sound (about 400 feet away); Cherokee Cottage (about 400 feet away); Villa Marianna (about 500 feet away); Up In Smoke (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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 . . .  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.) 
 
Chichota Entrance Lion Gargoyle image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 12, 2014
4. Chichota Entrance Lion Gargoyle
This lion gargoyle is beside the Chichota cottage entrance staircase.
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 was last revised on March 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 604 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 30, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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