This island was purchased from the Jekyll Island Club by the state of Georgia in 1947. Georgia saw its chance to take the island from the millionaires of this club when the club failed to pay the back taxes they owed for the property. The Jekyll Island Club had attained this property in 1886 when they bought it from the only owners of the island at the time, a French family who had been fugitives from the French Revolution. A group of tycoons (reportedly at the time they controlled one-sixth of the world's wealth) with such illustrious names as Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer, John P. Morgan, Vanderbilt, and others desired a hunting club secluded and warm enough to bask in the sun during the severe winter months of January, February and March. They found everything they were looking for at Jekyll Island and purchased it for $125,000. Two of their "cottages" have been preserved and now are museums which the public may tour. One of those homes, the Indian Mound (so named because it was built on an Indian midden) was a home owned by William Rockefeller. I was a bit surprised at how big and luxurious it was inside, certainly not my idea of a summer cottage! Maybe Rockefeller did need all that room, I found out later that he had nine children.