Our History


At the end of Hudson Avenue are natural salt and fresh water springs and Hudson Creek, both of which have contributed to the development of the community since its establishment in 1878. Spongers from Key West and the Bahamas came in the 1880s and developed substantial sponging and fishing businesses that continued to grow until the 1940s. Along the banks of the creek, fish houses and warehouses were built where the railroad tracks also ran. The railroad allowed the fish and supplies to be shipped to the nearby lumber towns of Fivay and Sagano for local use and delivery to other towns.

The Springs Hotel was located at the head of the natural springs. The hotel was the center of activities for the saltwater fishing and hunting enthusiasts from the early 1900s until 1943. Fourth of July celebrations were held at the springs and political rallies and fish fries were sponsored by community residents.

There are many historical structures in Hudson including the Hudson Home and Littell Home on Pine Street. Both were built in 1878.

The Old Methodist Church on Hudson Avenue was built in 1882 by Baptists. It stood on the corner of Hudson and Main before being moved to its present location. It has been used as a community church, a post office, a retail store and a schoolhouse. In the 1930s it was also a private residence.

Sam's Beach Bar & Restaurant has been owned and operated by the Marisi family since 1981. The staff of Sam's Hudson Beach Bar welcomes you and we hope you enjoy your stay.