A step back in time

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM.

Hardaways’ ancestors – his daddy and granddaddy were building contractors – built the bridge spanning Apalachicola Bay that links Apalachicola with Eastpoint.

“My daddy liked his boats and you could always tell how well my daddy was doing by the size of his boat,” Hardaway.  

He lived much of the year on the family’s tobacco farm near Quincy, but the summers were spent on the peninsula, where you could see St. Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico at the right spot.

It was a youth spent largely in the wild, Hardaway said, whether on the water or on land, where cattle and pigs grazed lazily.

And he even learned how to raise pigs after a sow gave birth to eight piglets in a shed on his family’s property.

 “I once saw a deer run past the house on the beach and run on to Indian Pass and go to St. Vincent Island,” Hardaway said. “We fished for everything and I pretty much spent the summer barefoot and in shorts.

“It was wonderful. I don’t think I wore shoes until I moved to Columbus, Ga.”

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