To me, this is one of the most intriguing,
and beautiful homes, straight out of a scary movie. According to
local "ghost stories" this is the most haunted house on Jekyll Island, and
is the only one yet to be renovated. Apparently the ghosts of the
Maurice women, will not allow construction to start, or finish. Many
attempts have been made to restore this beautiful home, but every time
something gets hung up, or repaired, the next day it is found destroyed,
and sometimes, laying in the yard somewhere.
Is this true you say? Personally, I
don't know, but if you look at the house, you can almost feel the
desolation and despair it's former owners felt when they were pushed off
Built in 1890 by Charles Stewart Maurice,
this home housed the only family to be associated with the Jekyll Island
Club from its inception to its final dissolution in 1948. The style
was coined Jacobethan or pseudo-Jacobean, it was an early example of an
eclectic Tudor style built from about 1890 until 1940. There are
Flemish gables, paired chimney flues, and patterned stone work.
Interestingly enough, this is the only house built during the club era
with the island's native tabby, the same tabby that the
Horton House was built with.
The home was also built with a steel support system, solid base of 19
brick piers in the basement, and a system of trusses to help distribute
the weight and support the living and dining room ceilings without the use
On the first floor of the cottage was a
dining room, parlor, hall, butler's pantry, gun room, store room,
lavatory, pot closet, kitchen, servant's dining room and their porch.
Off of the side of the home was a large porch, which only the foundation
and outline remain today.
The second floor had 9 bedrooms and 4
bathrooms, five of the bedrooms were large, and located at the front of
the house, and the other four bedrooms were small, three of which were for
servants, located at the back of the house. Off to one side of the
home is a sunken foundation, many people believe was a swimming pool, but
it isn't. This was area was used to hang up laundry, it was sunken
in the ground, so that your unmentionables would not be on display for the
neighborhood. You can see it in the bottom right of this photo.
The house was finally completed in
December of 1890, and the Maurice family in whole, arrived on December
16th that same year. They stayed every single year since wit the
exception of 1894 and 1895, due to a yellow fever epidemic.
With the breakout of World War II, the island was closed to
visitors, and the Maurice family were denied access to their beloved
Hollybourne. Due to the lack of residents, many of the homes fell to
disrepair, and the state looked into condemning the island to make it into
a state park. The Maurice family were outraged, they didn't want to
let their home of 50 years taken for a paltry sum.
Eventually the state won out, the Maurice family never
returned after 1947. Or did they? According to local lore,
Hollybourne is the most haunted home on the island, and it is the only one
yet to be renovated. Many folks think that the Maurice sisters are
still there, and every time workers make repairs, their hard work is torn