A step back in time

Memories

Ben Hardaway, left, and Betty McNeill swapped stories about Indian Pass and St. Vincent Island back in the day on Monday.

Tim Croft | The Star
Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM.

Ben Hardaway spent many a summer as a youngster near Indian Pass.

Having not seen the area in some 50 years, Hardaway, 94, was in town this week reliving the carefree days of youth.

“It was good to get back down here,” Hardaway said Monday over lunch with his family while recounting memories of the area with Betty McNeill, whose late husband Jimmy lived on Indian Pass since well before World War II.

“I haven’t been here in a long time. I was raised up and down this area.”

Hardaways’ ancestors made an impact in the area.

His grandparents owned one of the first homes built at Camp Palms, which is roughly 1-1.5 miles from Indian Pass, between the Pass and St. Joseph Peninsula.

Originally established as a fish camp, and named for eponymous trees that populated, Camp Palms would become something of a resort.



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