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

The Skeet House

 
 
The Skeet House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 18, 2015
1. The Skeet House Marker
Inscription.  
The Skeet House is not in its original location, but stands as a symbol of the core philosophy that the Jekyll Island Club was founded upon – outdoor recreation.

The Skeet House, along with the Skeet and Trap Range, was constructed in the 1950’s. This however, was not the introduction of shooting sports on the island. From the beginning, the Club was intended to “…raise livestock, birds and game; to hunt, fish and yacht…” The hunting opportunities on the island were favorite daily activities by many members – men and women alike – for the first two decades.

By the 1910s hunting began to wane in popularity but trap shooting from “galleries over the marsh” were a growing favorite pastime during the Club’s season.

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Preservation on the Move

This historic building was disassembled and moved from its original location in 2014 with funding from the Jekyll Island Foundation.

Jekyll Island has a policy that classifies land as either develop or undeveloped. The Skeet House was in a area that was not used since the early 1970’s
Shooting from Galleries over the Marsh (<i>left inset detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 18, 2015
2. Shooting from Galleries over the Marsh (left inset detail)

By the 1910's hunting began to wane in popularity but trap shooting from “galleries over the marsh” were a growing favorite pastime during the Club’s season.
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and had grown back to its original wooded condition. Because of this, the area was classified as undeveloped. With this designation, the building could have been restored in place; however it could not have been opened to the public.

Moving the building allowed for its preservation and made it – and the story – available and accessible to the guests of Jekyll Island.
 
Erected 2014 by Jekyll Island Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 2014.
 
Location. 31° 3.529′ N, 81° 25.217′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Pier Road, 0.1 miles east of Old Plantation Road, on the right when traveling west. The marker (and subject building) are located just east of the DuBignon Cottage, adjacent to the DuBignon Cottage driveway, in the middle of the Jekyll Island Historic District. 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. A Winter City (within shouting distance of this marker); Sans Souci Boiler House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Childhood in an Island Paradise (about 300 feet away); Morgan Tennis Court (about 400 feet away); Men of Means (about 400 feet away);
Skeet House Original Location (<i>middle inset detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 18, 2015
3. Skeet House Original Location (middle inset detail)

The Skeet House and the Skeet and Trap Range were originally located a mile north of the Club Compound. The location was to the east of the present-day airport.
Fairbank Cottage Site (about 400 feet away); Old World Charm (about 500 feet away); The Sans Souci (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
More about this marker. The marker is new as of 2014 and in excellent condition. The subject building has been restored to its 1950's appearance and moved to this location for display and access.
 
Also see . . .  Ceremony kicks off opening of Skeet House.
The Jekyll Island Authority made and preserved history Thursday at the ribbon cutting of the Skeet House, a place where members of the Jekyll Island Club once socialized during skeet and trap shooting competitions. (Submitted on March 18, 2015, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Skeet House Preservation (<i>right inset detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 18, 2015
4. Skeet House Preservation (right inset detail)
The Skeet House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 18, 2015
5. The Skeet House and Marker

The Skeet House is seen behind its marker in this perspective from the adjacent driveway.
The Skeet House image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 18, 2015
6. The Skeet House

The Skeet House as viewed from the southeast corner.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 18, 2015, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 18, 2015, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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