February 2008 Bulletin;
Development Concept not dead on Jekyll; action needed ASAP to get Georgia
General Assembly to protect beach from losing to upscale development. Visit
The Stuckey's Carriage Inn on Jekyll Island
Also known as the Atlantic Carriage Inn, Ramada Inn, and the Georgia Coast Inn
Stuckey's Carriage Inn was a motel on Jekyll Island, Georgia off
the coast of Brunswick, GA and near the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center. It opened, according to holidaywatchdog.com, in
1960. This is not too long before the Buccaneer opened in 1961.
was Stuckey? Stuckey was a family who operated a series of candy stores
that morphed into gas stations and restaurants. Headquarters for
the firm is in Eastman, Georgia. In fact there was a Carriage
Inn, which featured a motel, in Eastman, GA. Jekyll
Island, when the State of Georgia built a bridge in 1954, would soon
see new motels pop up. The only lodging before the state's
acquisition was the Jekyll Island Club. This was too pricey for the
"average" person for whom Jekyll Island was purchased. Thus there
was a market provided that only 35% of the island was developed.
Aerial view prior to demolition as viewed from the Florida side.
main features of the Stuckey's Carriage Inn were said to be a swimming
pool shaped in the state of Georgia and a restaurant on the top floor.
This offered a view of the ocean with the guest check-in above.
For some odd reason the motel's front had no frontal view.
It was a brick front offering more mystery than attraction.
Stuckey's suffered from being built way down Beachview Drive to
the right of the causeway's intersection. The rooms were on three
stories and the whole complex was shaped in the form of a T. If
you were on the vertical part of the T you saw the woods. Those
in the horizontal portion saw the ocean.
oddest event of Stuckey's Carriage Inn history took place in the late
Sixties. A woman in room 219, according to Stuckey's Carriage Inn
et al vs. Phillips (122 Ga.
App. 681)(178 SE2d
saw a cockroach, tumbled on her nightgown in the act of evading
the unwanted guest, and fractured her leg. As to whether the
cockroach had to pay damages is unknown.
mid-Seventies saw its name change to the Atlantic Carriage Inn. In 1976
the motel closed for several years and reopened as the Ramada Inn.
I visited the restaurant and found its offerings unremarkable.
The dining area was on the ground floor. It had a "Mr.
Hyde's Sports Bar" in both this and its reincarnation as the Georgia
Coast Inn. It gained a stucco front in the 1980's but this
wouldn't save the inn from closure in 2005.
Holidaywatchdog.com described the Ramada Inn as such:
The Ramada Inn Jekyll
Island is a 110 room oceanfront hotel boasting the largest hotel pool on the
island with an Ocean Deck Bar and Grille overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Two
tournament-level volleyball courts, game room and beach cruiser bike rentals
complete the variety of amenities at the hotel.
still lists the motel as the Ramada Inn Jekyll. A reviewer on the
entry said the motel closed in March 2005 and its "con" was that it
I took several pictures from the beach and the parking area. Here are a few shots:
July 2006 shot of front through the screen fence. This building begs inquisitiveness
Another July 2006 shot; this one is of the sign for the inn and sports bar.
you can see some of the blinds are flying out of the broken windows.
I wanted to get closer and maybe enter the motel area but the
beach patrol came. They would have been upset at me walking on
the dunes as much as breaching the fence and trespassing. So I
stood there and enjoyed what I could. Another gentleman took some
shots and posted them on Flickr.com
When I returned in
the spring of 2007 I found the motel completely gone. All that
remained were spotlights for the palms, the palms themselves, the
parking lot and driveway, and a walkway to the beach. There were
sand pits where the recreation area and swimming pool once lay.
Here is the beachwalk minus the bridge across the dunes
motel will appear in the future I do not know. The Holiday Inn
was torn down when I arrived in 2007 and it is rumored The Buccaneer is
next to fall. Workers were renovating The Wanderer (renamed
Comfort Inn then Oceanside Inn) . The staff did not know if
the motel were to be demolished later on. The island is in a
crunch for beds to accommodate conventioneers. The State of
Georgia wants to refurbish the facilities. A controversial plan
to develop more of the island and build more upscale motels was killed.
Hopefully the loss of the old motels was not in vain and bigger
facilities will sprout up. I hated it that I didn't get a chance
to know the Stuckey's Inn better than I did. It reminded me of a
lady with an odd stare who did and didn't want you to find out about
I plan to have more information as time permits; however
keep in mind there isn't much more to be done to this page as this
motel has fallen forever.
Links to favorites:
Unofficial Stuckey's History Website
Georgia Retail Memories
Mail me for further information with "Stuckey's Inn" in the subject line. I look forward to your comments and submissions.
2007 (June 25 version)