Pink Chapel, St. Simons Island

It’s been shrouded in mystery and rumor for much of its history and the Pink Chapel (modern name) was actually built as the result of a feud between two families. But it wasn’t pink from the bloodstains of slaves (the coloration was due to lichens that few on the tabby walls) and wasn’t a temple for satanic followers, as some urban legends have indicated.

The original chapel was erected in 1838 on the grounds of Colonel William Wigg Hazzard’s West Point Plantation as a place of private worship. Col. Hazzard’s brother, Dr. Thomas Fuller Hazzard, who owned Pike’s Bluff, had a feud with John Wylly, owner of nearby Village Plantation, over land lines. A duel was called for but never commenced. However, when the two met by chance at the Oglethorpe Hotel in Brunswick, on 3 December 1838, Dr. Hazzard fired at Wylly and Wylly died instantly. Since both the Hazzard and Wylly families worshiped at Christ Church, the Hazzard family did not feel safe attending services there.

The present chapel is a reconstruction of the original, incorporating some of the original material. I have yet to track down the date of the reconstruction. [I’m including it only as an historical reference point, and to clarify to those wondering that it is a replica].

The Pink Chapel is not open to the public and can only be seen from a road and the edge of a driveway.

 

 

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One response to “Pink Chapel, St. Simons Island

  1. Melissa Pope Scott

    Thank you so much for this wild west, crazy southern, stupid, early American history! Feuds rage today but thank goodness duels don’t. We lost dear Hamilton !! I have been there and did really wonder…. beautiful area of the island. It is soon to be developed. (First hand information.)

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