Blue Mountain Beach: A local's haven

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 04:01 PM.

Until 1968 30A did not connect, but ended east of Grayton and east of Western Lake, which caused a social division between the west end and the east.

The old original Blue Mountain subdivision, which lies east of County Road 83S and south of 30A, was platted in 1948.

For years it was just a few little concrete block houses along the road, said Lucas, and families mostly were from south Alabama .

The group of houses known as "The Brickyard" was originally part of Blue Gulf Resort, which was built in 1967-68 by Bob Davis, who lived in Freeport , and run by his family from Nashville .

On the highest point of BMB, where Adagio is now, there was a restaurant, pool, tennis courts, and a few motel-type rooms under the restaurant overlooking the beach.

Lois Maxon, who eventually bought the Eden mansion at Point Washington and restored it, came here after retiring as food editor of the New York Times. Before Eden , she built a house on the beach almost at the end of Blue Mountain Road , which was quite something in its day, and then built the brick house you can see from 30A overlooking Redfish Lake .

"People at that time, late 1960s, marveled at the expanse and niceness of it," said Lucas.

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