A fascinating little island that was once the winter home of some of the richest families in American history, Jekyll Island is now a flourishing tourist retreat that can easily be visited for a fraction of the price that it would previously have cost. Begun as an exclusive sanctuary in 1886, the island required membership and excessive wealth, so much so that it is believed that one sixth of the world’s wealth was owned by the 100 people who wintered here. These included the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers and the Pulitzers to name but a few. The Jekyll Island Club House was also where the American currency and Federal Reserve were invented, although it is now a wonderful hotel and resort. It is now beautifully resorted after many years of abandonment. There are other houses remaining from that era which are still in existence and well worth visiting, although no others are presently hotels. People now come to this peaceful island to enjoy cycling in fine weather and to play golf on the numerous courses that have been built here. There are also a many great possibilities for fish around the island as well, with shrimping and crabbing very popular.
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