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Next Stop the Adderley Plantation the Bahamas Geotourism website provides this historical background.
These ruins, located in Stella Maris, are on land reportedly owned by three sisters, descendants of the original Adderley's Plantation family, who presently live in the New York (USA) area.
The plantation was built around 1790, on 700 acres granted to Abraham Adderley; he was a British-born subject with an established business in Nassau on New Providence Island. By 1820, the plantation was enlarged to 2,500 acres by Adderley's son, William.
Again according the Bahamas Geotourism website the plantation consisted of cotton and livestock, including sheep, goats, and horses for work and transport.
Various portions of the property were passed on to subsequent generations, until the 1950's, when most of it was sold to German industrialist, Herbet Schnapka. He added this investment to his portfolio, which also included the Grand Bahama Oil Storage Project. Eventually, a concept was established in 1963 for land development, which created today's "Stella Maris Estate."
The Adderley name is very prominent in the northern part of Long Island and across other Bahamian islands. Major family names of its branches are Knowles, Gibson, Simms, Taylor, and Smith, the majority of the descendants are living in nearby towns and villages--Burnt Ground, Glintons, Seymour's, Millertons, and Simms. Many of the descendants have been working with and for the Stella Maris Resort Club, Marina, and Estate...already into the second and third generations.
The ruins are located in Stella Maris, through a dirt road off Queen's Highway. There is a sign on the left hand side of the main road that reads 'Adderley Plantation Ruins'. Persons are advised to park on the side of the road and walk through the dirt road that leads to a beach, then continue walking north along the shoreline. There's also a trail of conch shells that leads to the plantation ruins.
Please wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, and closed-in tennis shoes, to avoid rubbing against poison ivy trees.
As you can see from our video we did not read this information on the Bahamas Geotourism site before we drove down the road, walked the beach, Dee without shoes and then back into the trail with labeled herbs and trees. Poison Ivy Trees! I saw a sign for poison wood but didn’t really give it much thought as you will hear. Yep glad we survived this adventure. What we learned? Plan ahead and do some research. I knew the places we wanted to go but did little research. But Dee persevered all the way to the ruins with his barefeet. What a view!
I believe one thing we enjoyed was all the signage on the plants and trees. We assumed we were learning how they were used back in the day. Either way We Learned a few things about one specific tree. I maybe blushing right now.
After working our way back down from the ruins we stopped at the Stella Maris marina. Next I decided I wanted to stop at this church and take a picture which lead to stopping at many churches along our trek so stay tuned. Final stop before crossing Salt Pond and checking in on Journey is the Tropic of Cancer. We took our selfie and headed down the dirt road and out onto a beautiful beach in the Morris Settlement at the Whimsical Wish Cottages. A perfect stop!
Historic ruins of churches including St Mary’s Church which is the oldest church in the Bahamas and plantations remain as vestiges of the original settlers to the island. The ancestors of these original settlers still live here today.
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