A step back in time

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

Hardaway recalled the beginnings of Cape Palms, his grandparents living next door to a former governor of Alabama.

He remembered the bountiful fishing and in particular the day his daddy snagged a huge tarpon that became a permanent fixture over the fireplace.

He recalled his family bringing laborers from the tobacco farm to Camp Palms to glimpse the ocean for the first time, recalling the wonder in one man’s voice as he breathlessly told Hardaway’s father that, “He couldn’t see the other shore.”

And he remembered St. Vincent Island and the menagerie of animals that various owners brought to the island – bears, Sambar deer from India, even zebras, though not, apparently, an elephant.

“That was a fascinating island,” Hardaway said. “They imported these animals.”

The manager of the island for years was a man named George Cameron, who also worked for Hardaway’s daddy at one time.

“He taught us how to fish, he taught us how to dance,” Hardaway said. “He was a real character.”

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