Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Childhood in an Island Paradise
The corridor of Pier Road was not only the hub of service for the Jekyll Island Club, it was also the heart of the community for countless employees. Yes, here you would find a taxidermy shop, upholstery shop, coal storage, woodsheds and equipment storage, but you would also find the living quarters for the Engineer, Boat Captain, servants and drivers, caddies and night watchmen, all here together.
Could you imagine living, working, and playing on this island 100 years ago?
What was it like being a child growing up on this island?
David Nielsen, the carpenter's son, was one such child who grew up here in the 1910s. One afternoon he accompanied his father to Chichota Cottage to make some repairs. He left his father inside and as he sat on the steps, he noticed some lovely citrus trees in boxes at the entrance to the home. His curiosity got the better of him.
David decided to sample one of the small-grape sized fruits. Late that day he became very ill. Club member Dr. James called on the sick little boy, and discovered that David has eaten ornamental kumquats that had been sprayed with a pesticide containing arsenic. Dr. James was able to administer the correct medicine, and David recovered and went on to encounter other adventures on the island.
The third family who lived in this cottage was the Nielsen family. Christian Nielsen was the carpenter for the Club. His family lived and worked on the island from 1912 until 1922, when their son was about to start school.
In the photograph above, Christian is standing next to his wife, Nikoline.
Panel funded by a donation from the Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc.
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum.
Location. 31° 3.522′ N, 81° 25.163′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Pier Road east of Hopkins Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the former Boat Engineer's Cottage. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 Pier Road, Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Winter City (a few steps from this marker); Old World Charm (within shouting distance of this marker); The Skeet House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morgan Tennis Court (about 500 feet away); Men of Means Fairbank Cottage Site (about 700 feet away); The Infirmary / Furness Cottage (about 700 feet away); The Clubhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Regarding Childhood in an Island Paradise. The former Boat Engineer's Cottage (1916) is part of the Jekyll Island Historic District. This building is now in use as a gift shop.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Jekyll Island Historic District
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.