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Rolle Town Tombs

About 7 miles south of Georgetown is the quiet settlement of Rolletown.   The site of the tombs is well signed from the main highway.  The tombs date back to the loyalist era and belong to Ann McKay, who died at aged 26, and her newborn son.  There is a poignant inscription on hers, the largest monument.   Her husband, Alexander McKay, died just 2 years later in 1794.  Down the hill is the Rolletown cemetery where generations of Rolles are interred....

Just after the bridge on to Little Exuma is literally the smallest church in the Bahamas, St Christopher's.

It is a private church built by the Fitzgerald family in 1939 from wood salvaged from a shipwreck on nearby Long Island.    The mortar was made from ground conch and lime from The Ferry area.

Makes a great photo while you drive by...but don't go too close there is a family dog that doesn't like visitors!

Stromatolites are the oldest living fossils on Earth, dating back 3.5 billion years.  They were thought to be long extinct until discovered in Shark Bay, Australia in 1959. More recently they have been discovered in a few other places including the Exumas.   They are significant as they are believed to be one of the first organisms to create oxygen on earth by means of photosynthesis.  Today, they only exist in relatively extreme and unusual ocean environments.  The secret in the E...

In George Town near the main dock and Regatta Point is Kidd Cove.    

In the 1700s, pirates roamed the Caribbean.  Nassau was the main trading market, but most pirates had a safe harbour where they could rest up, repair ships and maybe bury a little treasure. Kidd Harbour had the natural shelter of Stocking Island and was reportedly Captain Kidd's favourite haunt.   The hill overlooking the harbour where the church now stands is called Kidd Hill.   He may well have had look out...

West of Georgetown is the town of Steventon.  (Follow the signs to the memorial statue of Pompey and the ruins of the Steventon jail.)

Pompey is a national hero who led a slave uprising.

After his cotton plantations failed, Lord Denny Rolle, founder of Rolle Town and Rolleville, and the largest slave owner in the Bahamas, left Exuma and returned to Britain.

The slaves continued to labour in the local salt flats and at subsistence farming, under the watch of an overseer that Roll...

On the Queen's Highway near Williamstown is "the Salt Beacon".   The beacon is a seemingly out-of place classical Tuscan column built in the first half of the nineteenth century to guide ships to the salt port.

Exuma's naturally flat geography lent itself to salt raking.       Natural salt ponds were discovered by John Darrell, a loyalist hunting whales in Bahamian waters, in 1670.   Salt was big business and may well have been the first commercial operation on the island starting...

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