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Double Heads is about 11 miles south of Sylvania on U. S. Highway 301, once among the primary New York-to-Florida routes for travelers along the Atlantic seaboard. All that remains of the community is this abandoned store and an active Baptist church across the highway. But in its heyday, Double Heads (named for its proximity to the headwaters of two creeks) had a tourist motel, known as the Paradise Motel. It was opened in 1956 in a 14 acre pecan grove by Mr. & Mrs. John O. Perry, but I can find no trace of it today.
The old store still stands where Jack Leigh shot “Mr. Hazel and His Dog Buster” for his book The Ogeechee: A River & Its People. Hazel Frawley and Jack Leigh are both gone now, but many photographers still make the trip to Scarboro to see this old place.
Here are some musings by Jack Leigh on his visit to Scarboro:
“On an old logging road, cracked and broken from years of neglect, where the red clay is slowly covering what’s left of the pavement, Hazel Frawley’s general store still stands. A short distance down the road, the skeletal remains of a wooden bridge stretch across the Ogeechee like ancient crosses in a forgotten graveyard.
Nothing much comes this way any more, but the little clapboard store remains open. Mr. Hazel has run this store for over forty years, and he can remember when he sold everything from coffins to candy. The shelves are virtually bare now, except for a few canned goods and several different sizes of wash tubs that hang form the overhead rafters. Those who travel the Ogeechee River have been stopping by the store for as long as anyone can remember, stopping by for a Moon Pie and an RC Cola.” -The Ogeechee: A River & Its People, 1986