Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season
—( Jekyll Island Club, 1886-1942 ) —
There is very little photo documentation of exactly what the Boathouse looked like during the Club era. Club members rarely would have been found in this area, It was typically used by year-round employees.
The only visible evidence of the Boathouse is a few piers and the capstan winch. The capstan was used to pull boats and launches from the water into the boathouse. Ropes were fed in the groove along the circumference of the metal wheel. Handles were inserted in the four square sections on the top of the capstan. The handles were pushed or pulled manually by people, or driven by an electric motor.
The boats could be repaired once pulled out of the water. Many of the smaller boats were stored in the Boathouse during the off-season.
The Boat House
The Club not only altered the landscape directly around the Clubhouse, but around the entire island. Outside that 240 acres there are several other sites that reflect activities of the Club and its members.
Here along the river is the site of the Boathouse, where the Club launches were stored when not in use.
Boats and launches were the lifeline to the mainland. Passengers and goods were brought to the island from Brunswick daily, and great care was taken to ensure that the
Throughout the Club era there were several boats that supplied the island and transported members. The first steamer was called the Howland. Other vessels used throughout the years were called the Jekyll Island, the Kitty, and Sylvia.
Erected by Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc. Jekyll Island Museum.
Location. 31° 3.136′ N, 81° 25.299′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Riverview Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. south of Stable Rd. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Boat House Site (a few steps from this marker); M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Transcontinental Call (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jekyll Island Club Wharf (approx. 0.4 miles away); Men of Means (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Skeet House (approx. half a mile away); Evolution of Elegance (approx. half a mile away); Up In Smoke (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Categories. • Landmarks • Notable Buildings • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 800 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 3, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.