Day Two: Explore St. George
The Town of St. George, is a World Heritage site and is the oldest English-speaking colonial town still in existence. It is home to a plethora of cultural experiences, so be sure to set aside a full day!
Start at St. Peter’s Church. Completed by Christmas of 1612, it is the oldest Anglican church in continuous use in the western hemisphere. Behind the south churchyard is the Old Rectory, built in the 18th century by pirate George Dew.
Continue over to the Unfinished Church. Construction of the church started in the 1870s when the magnificent Gothic structure was meant to replace St. Peter's Church. Following a series of problems, including parish infighting, financial difficulties and a damaging storm, construction was abandoned on the eve of its completion. Today, the picturesque ruins are a protected historic monument and part of St. George's World Heritage Site.
Wander over to St. George's Historical Society Museum. Furnished much as it was when it was a private home, this typical Bermudian structure from the early 1700s houses artifacts and documents pertaining to our island's earliest days. The house is filled with period furniture, documents, old letters, displays of pewter, china and rare books.
Visit the Bermuda National Trust Museum in the Globe Hotel. Governor Samuel Day built this structure in 1700. Today it is one of the oldest stone buildings on our island. The offices of the Confederate agent, Major Norman Walker, were housed here during the American Civil War (1861-1865), which makes this significant historic building a most appropriate site for the exhibit "Rogues & Runners-Bermuda and the American Civil War."
Continue your tour to Tucker’s House Museum. Henry Tucker, President of the Governor's Council, moved into this house in 1775, and his family remained there until 1809. Some of the treasures on view include a magnificent collection of Tucker family silver, china and crystal, antique English mahogany and Bermuda cedar furniture, family portraits by Blackburn and exquisite hand-sewn quilts.
If you were so indulged in the beauty of the Botanical Gardens, don’t forget to stop at the Bermuda Perfumery. Since 1928, the Bermuda Perfumery manufactures exclusive and rare perfumes under the brand Lili Bermuda. In 2006, the Perfumery launched Coral to celebrate its new location, at Stewart Hall in St. George's. Coral is a beautiful fusion of freesia, essence of rose, Clementine and ginger. Come to the Perfumery for a free tour and sample our beautiful perfumes.
If historical re-enactment is your game, be sure to be at King’s Square at 10:30am. A guided tour through narrow alleys and lanes of St. George’s is offered after which the Mayor of St. George’s greets visitors back at the square. At 12 noon, the Ducking commences! A light-hearted, historical re-enactment of public punishment.