Remembering the Seagrove of old

Hardy Jackson

Hardy Jackson remembers the Seagrove of old.

Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 03:38 PM.

When Hardy Jackson's grandmother and aunt went looking for a beach getaway, the main criteria was that it be close to Montgomery so they could come down on weekends. The women found what they were looking for in the new community of Seagrove, where nature did its best.

Seagrove founder Cube McGee was selling his Gulf-front lots for $1,000 and the ones set back from the beach for $500. So, the women bought two for $500 each.

The year was 1954 and Hardy was 13.

"She figured there was nothing in front or between her and the water, so, that was as good as Gulf front," says Jackson .

McGee had two house plans and Jackson 's grandmother had the one-level two bedroom style built of concrete blocks two years later.

"It was un-air-conditioned and we could sit on front porch and listen to the waves at night," said Jackson .

At that time, there was no 30A and the family had to come south down the beach road known now as 395, then turn right onto Forest or at McGee's house on Grove before turning left onto the narrow sandy trail to get to their house.

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