Reynolds Mansion, Sapelo Island GA
he Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island is a destination within a destination. The Mansion can accommodate up to 29 guests in 13 bedrooms with 11 bathrooms. Meetings are out of the ordinary when held in the ornately decorated Circus Room, sporting the wild animal murals of famed Atlanta artist, Athos Menaboni, whose work appears throughout the house.
The original Mansion was designed and built from tabby, a mixture of lime, shells and water, by Thomas Spalding
The original Mansion was designed and built from tabby, a mixture of lime, shells and water, by Thomas Spalding, an architect, statesman and plantation owner who purchased the south end of the island in 1802. The Mansion served as the Spalding Plantation Manor from 1810 until the Civil War. It fell into ruin after being damaged by Union attack during the Civil War and was later purchased and rebuilt by Detroit automotive engineer Howard Coffin in 1912. Tobacco heir Richard Reynolds purchased the property in 1934 and allowed the University of Georgia to use the facilities for marine research. Following Reynolds’ death in 1964 the Mansion and most of the island was obtained by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in 1975. Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and University of Georgia Marine Research Facilities are still located on the island.
Guests can spend an entire visit to the island just exploring Reynolds Mansion and the expansive grounds, where sculptures entertain and engage visitors in the filtered light beneath massive live oaks. The Mansion’s unique architecture creates many interesting and memorable spaces, as well as private spots to read or reflect. The library is a bibliophile’s dream, complete with the original nameplates in many volumes from Mr. Reynolds’ private collection. The Game Room’s billiards and table tennis are available for our guests enjoyment. The Mansion’s grounds are linked by pathways to the Atlantic Ocean where a beachfront pavilion await your picnic plans. Swimming, fishing, hiking and birding on miles of unspoiled beach offer endless possibilities for relaxation and reflection.