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Sapelo mansion a historical gem

House was owned by tobacco heir R. J. Reynolds

POSTED: July 13, 2009 10:45 a.m.
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Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island is a plantation manor that was built in 1802 by a Georgia senator. It was later owned by tobacco heir Richard Reynolds.

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SAPELO ISLAND — History, architecture, nature and relaxation intersect at Reynolds Mansion on the intimate Georgia barrier island of Sapelo, creating a business retreat experience perfect for small groups in search of reflection and focus.

Eleven miles long and four miles wide, Sapelo Island is an unspoiled refuge of soft, white beaches and lush, green forests. Here, freshwater rivers collide with the salty Atlantic Ocean, creating a unique and critical ecosystem that sustains countless species of plants and animals. At the southern tip of the island, the refurbished 80-foot Sapelo Lighthouse watches over the sea, its red and white spiral stripes a remnant of a maritime industry long gone from these shores. Today, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources protects and maintains the pristine 6,110-acre park, which is accessible only by ferry.

Guests at Sapelo Island stay at the opulent Reynolds Mansion, a plantation manor built in 1802 by future Georgia Sen. and U.S. Rep. Thomas Spalding, and later owned by tobacco heir Richard Reynolds. The estate is brimming with history and includes impressive original artwork by Athos Menaboni. The expansive grounds are shaded under massive oak trees laced with Spanish moss that shelter graceful marble sculptures. Inside Reynolds Mansion, vaulted ceilings showcase ornate chandeliers, heavy wood doors carved with intricate patterns, and beveled glass windows that frame the island view. With its old-world design, the Reynolds Mansion today can comfortably host up to 29 guests in 13 bedrooms with 11 baths.

Reynolds Mansion is a regular host to business events, personally customized by a dedicated conference coordinator who arranges all the logistics and special events for the group. Covering these details with a professional allows guests free to enjoy their retreat. With no outside diversions and Sapelo’s stress-free setting, much can be accomplished.

Gather on the veranda for a brainstorming session or engage in team-building exercises on the lawn. Meet up in the Reynolds Mansion game room for a little friendly competition on the 1930s original bowling lane or billiards table. Find inspiration in the Circus Room, a popular spot in Reynolds Mansion sporting murals of wild animals romping across the walls. Or try relaxing on the beach with the team for a Lowcountry boil at sunset, after an afternoon focused on the business that brings you together.

For more information, including meeting facilities or reservations, call the Regional Group Sales office at (770) 975-4291 or visit www.naturallybusiness.com

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