Hazel’s Cafe, Circa 1947, St. Simons Island

I panicked this morning when I heard a rumor that Hazel’s had been demolished, but concerned friends on St. Simons quickly checked and let me know it wasn’t true. To many, this place is as much a symbol of the island’s history as the lighthouse or Fort Frederica. Located in the nearly forgotten African-American community of South End, Hazel’s was owned by Hazel and Thomas Floyd. [Thomas was a direct descendant of Wanderer survivor Tom Floyd].  Thomas, a veteran of World War II, settled here with his wife shortly after World War II and soon thereafter they started this business, which would be a staple of St. Simons life until it closed in 1978. [They lived in the house next door, which is still standing]. With new homes and condos dotting the island today, it’s a nice step back to a time when St. Simons, like all of the Georgia coast, was anchored by small but thriving communities who looked to family and friends as well as the rich coastal waters surrounding them for sustenance and survival. Hazel was known to go crabbing in season and bring back her catch for the night’s special of deviled crab. I’m sure they were legendary dishes in their time.

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2 responses to “Hazel’s Cafe, Circa 1947, St. Simons Island

  1. Pingback: Harrington Graded School, 1920s, St. Simons Island | Vanishing Coastal Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown

  2. Kay Larche

    This is my Favorite building in the “village “ and one I always show to visitors. After moving to SSI-last year I finally had opportunity to go inside and look around. (That had been on my wish list for many years of previous island visits) The present owner has kept it exactly as it was. Such a special place!

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