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Sea Island, Georgia


Sea Island Resort Sea Island, Georgia

This resort was built on Sea Island in the early 20th century to serve as a retreat and a residential community. The resort is designed around the The Cloister Hotel, built in 1928 and designed by Addison Mizner. Located at the south end of the island, the hotel is of Spanish Eclectic style. Later buildings were designed by Francis Abreu and include the River House, c. 1929, and Administration Building, c. 1930. A cottage colony was built mostly between 1927 and1940 and reflect the Spanish Eclectic or Spanish Colonial styles of architecture.

Sea Island is five miles long and two miles wide. James Mackay, who fought along with Oglethorpe in the Battle of Bloody Marsh in 1742, originally owned it. The Island was called Fifth Creek Island then. Subsequent owners included St. Simons Island plantation owners until the 1920s when a group of businessmen bought it in hopes of building a beach resort. Howard Coffin and Alfred W. Jones Sr. created the resort.

There is public access to the island, but sightseers are limited as to where they are allowed while on the island. Guests of The Cloister Hotel will find the island much more accessible.

Related: Retreat Plantation Jekyll Island

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