The Pink Chapel

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Any place of history has stories that haunt and delight, that create mystery and raise questions about what really happened there.  The Pink Chapel, located at the north end of St. Simons Island is no exception.


Hair raising accounts of devil worship and slaves being beaten at the doors of the chapel have been recounted for years.


But the true story is a sad one.  One of families pitted against one another.  Harsh words and misunderstandings that led to the death of one man, John Wylly, at the young age of 32.  An obelisk marks his final resting place in the cemetery at Christ Church.

The chapel was originally built on the Westpoint Plantation by William Hazzard, whose brother, Thomas, fatally shot John Wylly over a property dispute.  Prior to the event, the Hazzard family worshiped at the famous Christ Church.  But they no longer felt comfortable attending services there after Wylly’s death and Hazzard’s subsequent acquittal.

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The pink color of the building, rumored to have been caused by blood from beaten slaves, turned out to be caused by lichen which covered the tabby building giving it a pink cast.

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The red tile roof still graces the top of the building, the pink color has long since vanished due to restoration work done to save the structure.  A lone cross sits atop the roof, pointing toward the sky.

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Deer now wander the property and tourists visit to feel the chill one inevitably experiences when walking on historical ground. Spanish moss drapes over huge oak limbs, swaying in a gentle Spring breeze, sending a shiver up your spine as you approach the chain link fence that now surrounds the little chapel.  The original doors have long since gone, replaced by modern ones.  Haunted or not, ones mind can wander a bit and imagine it is.

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The Pink Chapel is a reminder that people need a place to worship, a place to take their cares and have their spirits healed.

12 Responses

  1. Doug Carlyle Says:

    I have been to the pink chapel long ago, and like many, I wondered, before it was boarded up, I took a cam and took pictures of the inside, I saw the cross burned on the floor, and all the evil writing all over the wall, this place if very evil and scared me out of my mind, I have heard the stories about this place, and again, have the pictures, of the inside from the window, it was nothing but evil.

  2. brittany rowe Says:

    i never went but heard storys and omg i wanna go!!!!!!!

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  4. Rick Says:

    What year was the Chapel built?

  5. Melissa Says:

    The original chapel was built in the early 19th century. A replica of the chapel was built by an artist and now sits on private property on the North end of the island. It is no longer open to the public.

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