Saint George Things to Do

  • Ship at dock in 1963
    Ship at dock in 1963
    by grandmaR
  • White Horse in 1995
    White Horse in 1995
    by grandmaR
  • Bermuda type shutters - open from bottom
    Bermuda type shutters - open from bottom
    by grandmaR

Saint George Things to Do

  • Ordinance Island

    Saint George Things to Do

    Ordnance Island, so called because the British army once stored gunpowder and cannons here, has a statue of Sir GeorgeSomers There are two ports in St. George's - Pennos Wharf and Ordinance Island. Both can take ships of up to 750 feet in length, which are much smaller than the Panamax ships currently commissioned to come to Bermuda. The town...

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  • White Horse Tavern

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    On the waterside stands the White Horse Tavern: It was once the home of John Davenport, who came to Bermuda in 1815 to open a dry goods store. Davenport was a bit of a miser; upon his death, some £75,000 in gold and silver was discovered stashed away in his cellar. In 1995, this building had Bermuda type shutters which open from the bottom. This...

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  • Old State House

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    A few steps behind Town Hall is the State House, built in 1620 by Governor Nathaniel Butler.This oldest stone building in Bermuda, made of native limestone mortared together with lime and turtle oil, was designed in the Italianate style with a flat roof and thick walls to insulate against heat and protect against hurricanes. Until the capital of...

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  • King's Square

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    St. George was the second English town established in the New World (The first one was Jamestown, Virginia). We begin the tour at King's Square AKA Market Square or King's Parade, which is the center of St. George is only 200 years old. This was formerly a marshy part of the harbor. Also on the square there is a replica of a pillory and stocks...

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  • Barber's Alley & Petticoat Lane

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    Barber's Alley honors Joseph Hayne Rainey. A former slave from South Carolina, Rainey fled to Bermuda with his French wife at the outbreak of the Civil War. He became a barber in St. George and eventually returned to South Carolina, where in 1870 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives -- the first African American to serve in...

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  • Tucker House

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    I intended to go to Tucker House, but we didn't have time. It was on the walk up from the cruise ship dock. It was the home of Bermuda President Henry Tucker who was President c 1776. This was the former home of a prominent Bermudian family, whose members included an island governor, a treasurer of the United States, and a captain in the...

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  • St. Peter's Church

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    Claimed as the oldest continually occupied Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere, it was begun in 1612 in wood with a palmetto thatched room, and was almost destroyed by a hurricane in 1712. The original altar (still in use) from 1615 was recovered, and the church was rebuilt in stone in 1713. The tower was added in 1814, and the church was...

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  • Featherbed Alley Printery

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    The Featherbed Alley Printery was also closed in 2004 because it is the same as the Historical Society Museum. We didn't see it in 1995, because it was being renouvated, and I don't think we saw it in 1963 either. If we had been able to see it would be a working replica of the type of printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg in Germany in the...

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  • St. George's Historical Society Museum

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    We apparently went to this museum on both visits. I have this picture of Bob going up the steps in 1963, and we also visited in 1995.At Featherbed Alley and Duke of Kent Street, is the Mitchell House built c.1731 which is an example of 18th-century Bermudian architecture. It is now the St. George's Historical Society Museum. In both 1963 and 1995...

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  • Somers Garden

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    In 1876 Governor Lefroy, a great compiler of the earliest historical records of Bermuda, made sure a memorial tablet was erected in the Somers Garden, St. George's, with the following inscription: "Near this spot was interred in the year 1610 the heart of the heroic Admiral Sir George Somers who nobly sacrificed his life to carry succor to the...

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  • Bridge House

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    Bridge House is one of the oldest buildings of the island. was formerly the home of several of Bermuda's governors. One of the well known mid 1700 residents of the house was privateer Bridger Goodrich who came from Virginia and was a loyalist to the king. He purchased the Bridge House for $1,000 in cash. He was known for blocking America's sea...

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  • Town Hall

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    The next places to visit is the town hall which faces King's Square. It has been restored throughout with Bermuda cedar and today houses portraits of past mayors from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Officers of the Corporation of St. George's governing corporation, headed by a mayor, meet in the Town Hall. There are three aldermen and five common...

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  • Bermuda National Trust Museum

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    When we were here in 1995, this was called the Confederate Museum. The current museum features a video presentation and permanent exhibit upstairs. We got here very late and saw the video presentation but did not get to see the exhibits. The video presentation, Bermuda: Centre of the Atlantic, features rarely-seen paintings and documents in telling...

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  • Unfinished Cathedral

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    Climb the hill behind the garden to the structure known as "the folly of St. George's,". I didn't walk all the way up the hill to the unfinished cathedral, but I did get this pictures. This was to replace St. Peter's Church.. Work began on the church in 1874, but ended because of infighting and financial difficulties.This location on what is now...

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  • Old Rectory

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    I walked up to the Old Rectory to take this picture. It is at the top of Broad Alley, behind St. Peter's Church. Old Rectory is a Private home built by Captain George Dew around 1699 and is one of the oldest buildings in Bermuda. George Dew was initially a pirate and a slave trader. . Alexander Richardson, a bishop lived in this house between 1763...

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  • Ft. St. Catherine

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    We visited Ft. St. Catherine in 1963. I'm not sure how we got there, but I think our hotel was near here. We didn't visit in 1995. The website says "One of the first projects tackled by Bermuda's first governor, Richard Moore, was the building of a fort on the spot where "those that landed on thoes partes, first set their feete." It wasn't until...

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