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DEALS OF /THEYEAR Conservation In 1827, the Camden Hunt Club was founded on land that was originally the home and hunt- ing grounds of the Timucuan Indians. •e Floyds — a prominent family immersed in politics and the military — built the •rst structures and brought a sense of re•ned culture that included invitational hunts and boat races. When the Civil War ended in 1865, the Floyd fam- ily and their politically-minded entourage retreated, leaving the land to revert back to lush forest and wetlands. In 1927, automobile pio- neer Howard Co„n bought the tract and established Cabin Blu† as a world-class hunting and •shing destination. Guests included celebrities, corporate magnates, and politicians such as President Calvin Coolidge, who was known to stroll the dock, unmistakable in his white, wide-brimmed Stetson. With seven guest cabins and a grand yet rustic main lodge, the exclu- sive retreat was designed to accommodate 40 guests. In the 1950s, the Cabin Blu† property was jointly purchased by the Mead/Scott JV Bruns- wick Pulp & Paper business to be used for corporate retreats as well as a place to woo clients, close deals, and chat with lob- byists, often under the guise of hunting and entertain- ing. A typical day consisted of a guided turkey hunt in the early morning followed by a quail hunt, an afternoon chas- ing wild boar and deer, and an evening on the dock that faces Cumberland Island. In addition to •ne •shing, the dock o†ers superb sunset views. Win- ing and dining was mandatory, complete with Scotch, cigars, and a game of cards in the Coolidge Tavern. "To say, 'I hunted at Cabin Blu†,' meant you were some- one special," says LandVest President Joseph Taggert. "You couldn't buy your way into it. You had to be invited." A STETSON MAN The president's Secret Service detail had no problem identifying their man. 78 L ANDREP ORT.COM e LandReport | SPRING 20 19

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