|Pedro St. James Castle|
At the invitation of Walker Romanica and
Nelson Delbert of Cayman Spirits, Marta and I made the journey to the Pedro St.
James Castle in Savannah Township. This is a historic site here on Grand Cayman that we haven't heard of in all of our visits, but well worth seeing. Built in 1780, it has a history
that spans 238 years, the great house, the home of plantation owner William Eden, is Cayman's oldest stone structure and the island's only remaining late-18th-century residence .
|Marta and the Friendly Cat on the Swing|
The Great House,
in its capacity as courthouse and jail, it was the birthplace of Caymanian
democracy, where in December 1831, the first elected parliament was organized
and in 1835 the Slavery Abolition Act signed. The structure still has original
or historically accurate replicas of sweeping verandas, mahogany floors,
rough-hewn wide-beam ceilings, outside louvers, stone and oxblood- or
mustard-color lime-wash-painted walls, brass fixtures, and Georgian furnishings from tea caddies to canopy beds to commodes. Paying obsessive attention to
detail, the curators even fill glasses with faux wine.
The mini-museum also includes a hodgepodge of
displays from slave emancipation to old stamps.
The buildings are surrounded by
8 acres of natural parks and woodlands. You can stroll through landscaping of
native Caymanian flora and experience one of the most spectacular views on the
island from atop the dramatic Great Pedro Bluff. The poignant Hurricane Ivan Memorial outside
uses text, images, and symbols to represent important aspects of the 2004
|Old Pre-restoration Picture|
|Old Cayman Kitchen|
|Cactus Garden in Front of the Great House|
|The View of the Cayman Trench From the Pedro Castle Bluff|