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Local Attractions in Long Island, Bahamas
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Adderley Point: See the remains of Adderley Plantation and the graves of the slaves cemetery.
Bunches: Gas station/Groceries store in one.
Buckleys:

Just south of Deadman's cay is Buckleys.

Long Island Library and Museum: chronicles the islands history and culture.
tel/fax = 242-337-0500 Museum hours M-F 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Sun Closed.

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Burnt Ground:  
Cabbage Point : Beach
Cape Santa Maria: Named after one of Christopher Columbus' ships. It hosts a wonderful beach that stretches 3 miles of fine white sand.
Cartwrights:

Cartwright's Caves: Now on private property these caves were once used by the Lucayan Indians. Call Leonard Cartwright for a guided tour 242-337-0235

Pineapple farming and fishing are what goes on in Cartwrights.

Clarence Town (capital):

Churches: Father Jerome Hawes (-1956) built two churches worth visiting, "St. Paul's, an Angelic church and St. Peters a roman catholic church. Why two different religions? Father Jermone Hawes changed his religion.

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Clarence Town has one of the prettiest harbors in the Bahamas. This is the reason why cruise ships such as the American Canadian Caribbean Line's Niagara Prince and Mayan Price anchors in Clarence Town.

Clarence Town is the island's capital.

The Government's packing house is in Clarence Town. It is here that once a week the mail boat collects produce brought to the packing house by the farmers in the area. The farmers sell the produce to the Government and in the local market.

Slave Canal: Slaves brought in by the Loyalists built this canal. The purpose was to allow water from the ocean to flow into the ponds to make salt.

Government Headquarters are located in Clarence Town.

Deals: Tourist Center is located here. Great for obtaining new maps of the island.
Deans: Turtle Cove is south of Deans. If going south, turn left at the pink building to go to the world's deepest blue hole (663 ft). This is the world's 2nd largest underwater cavern. To dive the blue hole you can e-mail: info@verticalblue.net.

Deadman's Cay:

Most of the islanders live in Deadman's Cay, this is the main settlement and the largest town in Long Island.

Deadman's Cay Airport.
Dunmore's Caves: has 2 tunnels. One tunnel leads to the ocean and had never been fully explored. You can view 2 old Indian drawings on the wall.
Deadman's Cay Cave: look for the native drawings on the cavern wall.
St. Athanatius Church from 1929.

Deadman's Cay Sponge Company: Sponge harvesting that is exported around the world. You can also find sponges on the beach at our villa.

The morbid name, 'Deadman's Cay' is said to have come from when the dead were buried in a nearby cay just off shore from this town.

Dunmore:

Dunmore Plantation Ruins. Dunmore was named for a former governor, Lord Dunmore, of The Bahamas. His former slave plantation lies in ruins here. It is situated on a hill overlooking the sea on three sides. Six gateposts, a house with two fireplaces containing drawings of ships on the wall and an indication of a wheel that was once used is all that remains. To get here turn towards the ocean (left if going south) on the road that has 4 garbage cans with white lattice around them. Take the road in 1/2 mile then turn a abrupt right hand turn to the beach houses.. You will see Dunmore Plantation at the end of this road up on the hill.

Dunmore's Cave: This cave was once lived in by Indians and later used by buccaneers as an occasional hideaway.

Dunmore Assumption Catholic Church.

Fords: Fords is known for it's white sandy beach with crystal clear waters and is one of the island's best swimming areas. It is located north of Mortimers.
Glinton Sound: Columbus Landing. Long Island was the 3rd island Columbus landed on during his first voyage. You can climb a rocky hill up to a monument which stands on the cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The inscription on the monument reads, "The monument is dedicated to the gentle peaceful and happy Aboriginal people of Long Island, The Lucayans, and to the arrival of Christopher Columbus on October 17, 1492."
Gordons: Located at the most southern end of Long Island, if you are into hog hunting or goat rearing, this town is for you. Gordon's has a wonderful beach.
Grays:

Gray's Woods Cotton Plantation Ruins are found in Grays. Grays is known for sheep farming.

Guana Cay: Guana Cay Bay is a shallow bay where you can swim to the island of Guana Cay located (500 ft off shore). Curly-tailed iguanas live here that you can hand-feed. You can also snorkel over to the wreck of an old freighter in about 15 ft of water.
Hamilton's: One of the Bahamas largest cave systems is located in Hamilton's.
Hard Bargain: Hard Bargain used to be the site of a huge salt operation called Diamond Crystal Salt Co. which produced salt. It was then purchased by a shrimp breeding farm called World Wide protein LTD which closed in the 1970's. >Renter review, Turn right after Morrisville school hard to find but worth it. - Tom and Beah
Hog Cay: A privately held island.
Lockabar Bay: This cove is a blue hole with a small beach. Coral Reefs lie just off shore. To get here take the road with all the real estate for sale signs on it going to the Pacific side of the island (left).

You can find Taylor's Plantation off Lockabar. it is past the fishing ring, look for the trail.
Mangrove Bush: This town is all about boating. A fishing town with traditional Regatta boat building and the place where Rupert Knowles was raised (the person who started the Regatta and a legendary boat builder).
McKann's: Stop here for a another view of Thompson Bay (you can see our villa here).
Millers:  
Millerton: You'll find a school, a cemetary and an old whitewashed church here.
Morris: North of Salt Pond The town of Morris is named afer John Morris who married Susanna Ferguson in October of 1785. In the early 1790's the Morris' obtained three land grants: 102 acres at the Atlantic side, 240 acres which now has Queens highway cutting it into two, and a western portion with 300 acres known at Morris's Settlement. John and Susanna had one daughter named Louisa Margaret Morri,s born July 15, 1790. Louisa died at 3 1/2 years from the Bahamas Island wide influenza. The grave location is a tourist site on Long Island as Louisa Margaret Morris was one of the youngest land grant settlers of Long Island. The location is called Morris' Tomb and Grave Marker. Her father purchased a grave marker from England and installed it onto Louisa's pyramid tomb. Shortly thereafter, John Morris died and was buried with his daughter. Inscribed on the marble stone is the following: "when soon consumed with convuls'd Fevers fires helpless she stretch'd her little hands and died. So droop'd Louisa fair and young, 'Tws Heaven's decree, it's will be done."

Susanna Ferguson-Morris then returned with her parents (who also owned a plantation on Long Island) to Nassau. This ended the three generations of Ferguson-Morris on Long Island.
Mortimers: This is the site of the Cartwright Duho Cave where 3 Lucayan duhos (ceremonial Stools) were found by Carlton Cartwright in 1988. Call Leonard Cartwright for a guided tour 242-337-0235
Newton's Cay:

Newton's Cay is an uninhabited island joined to the mainland by a short bridge across a creek.

Newton's Cay is the site of the model boat regatta in October with a barbecue and volleyball tournament.

O'Neils: This community is known for it's straw works. It is one of the few towns located on the east side of the island as most people prefer the calmer west side of the island. Turn at sign labeled Crossroads. Town is only about .5 of a mile in.
Pettys:

Hamilton's Cave: one of the largest caves in the Bahamas (1500 ft). with stalagmites, stalactites, lucayan artifacts, and a stone walkway with saltwater on one side and fresh water on the other. Call Leonard Cartwright for a tour 242-337-0235.

Pinders: Take the newer larger road to the left and drive to the end. Park the car and walk down this treaturous road. When you get to the beach you will see Guana Cay. During low tide you can snorkle over to the island where you can bird watch. Careful not to step on the eggs the birds have laid on the sand.
Roses:  
Salt Pond:

Long Island Regatta (held in mid- May). Our villa is the place to stay during the Regatta. If you have an interest in sailboats the Regatta is for you. Sailboats participating in the Regatta will pass right by our villa to get to Salt Pond (which is on the other side of the peninsula our villa is located on). You can enjoy the view from our Lanai. The Regatta is a big four day festival event held in Salt Pond where Bahamians build their own sail boats by hand and compete in the event. Bands play during the event and rum is served. Another viewing option to is to walk down the driveway and straight across the road to the Bahamian Village (as of today Bahamian Village is not open but they hope to have a hot dog stand open during the Regatta where you can sit down under a hut to watch the Regatta). You can also walk to Salt Pond and board a spectator boat in for a close -up view of the action. The Regatta was started in 1967 by a boat lover named Rupert Knowles. Mr. Knowles has long since passed away in 1986 however, his relatives are still found on the island and his Regatta lives on. He is the grandfather of Judy Knowles (Judy owns a furniture store in Deadman's Cay). Judy opens up a bar area in the back of her furniture store during the Regatta. His son, Mac built a Regatta winner boat named Rupert's Legend in honor of his dad.

Salt Pond is the mail commercial node of Long Island. A small lobster fleet business is based here as well as a fish processing plant.

Mail boat 'Sherice M' arrives from Nassau weekly and the locals will gather for the occasion.

Salt Pond was named after the numerous salt ponds in this area.

There is also a couple of caves in Salt Pond.

Seymours:

Model Boat Fest takes place at Bridge Beach near Seymours in Newton cay each August, call Alvin Smith for details 242-338-5273

Look for the sign leading to the Columbus Memorial (a 15 ft concrete and iron obelisk). This is a long treck in by foot up a steep hill, so wear your walking shoes.

Simms:

St. Peter's Anglican Church and a Methodist Church.
Behind the post office is a small stone jail still bearing the sign 'HER MAJESTY's PRISON' but no longer in use.

Simms is one of the oldest towns on Long Island. It is the main town at the northern end of the island. It was named after a family who lived here in the 17th century according to local Mario Simms, who owns the Blue Chip Restaurant. Mario is a decendant of the original Simms family. The Simms were into farming and up until 7 years ago (around 2002, they even grew pineapples). Mario feels that the younger generation no longer wanted to take up farming and went into becoming lawyers and doctors instead. Ivy Simms, a direct decedent of this family started a designer straw craft business here.

Marina.

Stella Marais:

Stella Marais was once an upscale residential community built on a hill overlooking the breezy rocky shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the homes are now older, the view is still spectacular. The beach is not protected by reefs so the waters can be sometime turbulent producing sever undertows (so we don't recommend swimming here). Have a quaint lunch Stella Marais Resort.

Stella Marais Airport.

Adderley's Plantation: The entire community lies on the old Adderly cotton Plantation. The cotton fields were purchased by a German developer in the 1960's which became Stella Marais Resort. The ruins consist of a group of 3 buildings and a small cemetery.

Shipwreck by Loves beach. See shipwreck here.

The Bight The remains of what is said to be the oldest church on Long Island are located in The Bight, called St. Mary's Angelican Church built by the Spanish in the 1600's.
Thompson Bay: Click here for the best place to stay in Thompson Bay.
Wemyss:  

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