in mystery and horror stories, this small chapel located on the northwest
corner of St. Simons Island, has had numerous stories attached to it, most
untrue and unfounded.
growing up I was told many tales of this small chapel that had "Satanic"
overtones. Stories that would chill the soul. I was grossly
misinformed, but as a child you want to believe these colorful stories,
after all, if you were to visit this small chapel, you could see how easy
you would fall prey to them.
Pink Chapel is set off the side of
a drive way, with a potential marsh view, covered in vines and overgrowth,
looks like something straight out of a horror movie. To those who
are not "in tune" with the spirit world, you would not understand the
feeling you get when standing near this chapel. For many years I had
a feeling of uneasiness, of turmoil, and heartbreak when I stood near the
chapel, and until recently, I believed the stories I was told as a youth.
Now that I know the truth, I realize that my feelings were not entirely
As is the case with all kids, and
abandoned churches or cemeteries, tales of devil worship abound, and Pink
Chapel has not escaped the stories. Originally I was told that this
chapel was built just for that purpose. However, I knew better, no
one in their right mind would build such a place during the 19th century
in such a small community. Unfortunately, in later years, it was the
site to many desecrations of the "Satanic" type, by local kids thinking it
was just the place to do these things. Kids who believed that
something sinister really did happen there.
The next story I heard was how the
chapel got its name of Pink Chapel. It is really quite gruesome, and
horrifying upon reflection, but when a child, you just don't put it
together with human suffering. Supposedly, when the slaves of the
plantation had misbehaved and were to be punished, they were
brought to the Chapel to be whipped at the front door. Their blood
stained the walls and door, giving it the pink tint, hence the name Pink
But none of these stories ring
true, nor hold water. Are you ready for the truth? The truth
is, Pink Chapel was built out of hatred, hatred for another
family, for a murder at the hands of the other. Pink Chapel is
located on what was once West Point Plantation, owned by the Hazzard
family. William Wigg [Whigg] Hazzard owned this land, and his
brother Thomas owned Pike's Bluff right next door.
Around 1838, a dispute erupted
between the Hazzards and the Wylly family over a property
line separating their lands. Name calling, back biting, public
embarrassments, and the lot resulted in the southern tradition of solving
ones problems, the duel, only Wylly wasn't ready for this duel.
Thomas and John Armstrong
Wylly were called to a meeting in Brunswick with other St. Simons
planters, by the end of the meeting young
Wylly was fatally shot in cold blood for remarks that transpired
during the meeting. Thomas was later acquitted of all wrongdoing, and
life resumed as normal on the small island, except for one small detail.
These neighbors, of course, could no longer remain friendly, and the
bitterness swelled, so much that each family used a separate gate when
attending services at the Christ Church.
Eventually, the Hazzard
family tired of this charade, there was too much tension and ominous looks
between the families at church, a place of peace and forgiveness.
The Wyllys obviously could not forgive the Hazzards for the
death of one of their own, and why should they? So, in order to
defray the tension, Pink Chapel was built.
Where did the name come from?
It came from over a hundred years of pink lichen growing on the tabby
walls. The name Pink Chapel was a modern name for the Chapel.
Today, the Chapel has been restored, and is no longer pink.