By Kaylee Johnson
JIA Mosaic Museum Assistant Manager
For the first time in 130 years, Hollybourne cottage will be open to the public for regular visitation! Tours of this cottage are no longer only held in the month of May but will be done twice daily beginning this month. Beginning July 1, 2020, Jekyll Island guests can explore this impressive building while on the Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum’s Bridgebuilder’s Cottage tour.
Hollybourne cottage, built in 1890, was the winter vacation home of Pennsylvanian Charles Stewart Maurice, his wife Charlotte, and their nine children. For fifty years the Maurice family wintered here on Jekyll Island in their spacious tabby house. Charles, a bridge builder, included several bridge building techniques in the construction of his holiday home, like the loadbearing trusses in the walls and attic and pier support system in the basement.
The Mosaic’s incredible interpretive staff invite island guests to join them on a basement-to-attic guided tour of Hollybourne. Tour-goers will get to dive into the history of the Maurice family’s stays on Jekyll Island and their involvement with the historic Jekyll Island Club, the fascinating construction methods employed in the building of this cottage, and current preservation projects that are still under way.
The preservation of Hollybourne has been a long, and still ongoing, journey. For well over twenty years dedicated volunteers and staff, and generous donors, have labored to return this cottage to its Gilded Age glory. We would like to thank all involved for making the reopening of Hollybourne to the public a possibility.
Click historic tours for more information. To reserve a seat on the Bridgebuilder’s Cottage tour click HERE or call the Mosaic Gift Shop at (912) 635-4036. To support, text JekyllMosaic + $ amount to (844) 899-2692 and follow the prompts.