In the 1850’s, a dark cloud covered the community of Hope Town when residents were exposed to the Cholera epidemic. This highly contagious and incurable disease spread rapidly through the community resulting in one hundred lives being lost. Although grief stricken by the tragic lost, the community rallied together and assigned a burial site for their love ones. Today the graveyard remains in existence at its original site, but with no gravestones marking the graves. Preserving this part of their history allows visitors and locals to pay their respect to the lives lost.
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Hope Town is the home to the famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse. Probably the most recognizable landmark in Abaco, the lighthouse is one of the last manual lighthouses in the world.
You won’t find it on any map, but Piggyville is fast becoming a favourite day-trip destination for Abaco visitors. Named for the feral pigs set loose there in recent years, Piggyville is located on tiny No Name Cay, just south of Green Turtle Cay.
Pete’s is a classic beach restaurant/pub and the only working sculpture foundry in the Bahamas. Famous for nature and oceanic inspired large sculptures, jewelry and more. Visit this special artists colony at the edge of the world.
Before St. James Methodist Church was constructed in 1989, several other church buildings were on this site. Legend has it that a preacher in the 19th century abruptly ended his church sermon after realizing that a ship was wrecked off a nearby reef. Salvaging goods from shipwrecks was a prominent trade during the 19th century, which prompted the preacher to ask his congregation to bow their heads for the dismissal of the church service. By the congregation bowing their heads for prayer, the preacher received first access to the goods, thus claiming exclusive salvage rights. When the church was rebuilt some years later, the congregation repositioned the pulpit taking away the preacher’s visibility to the reef.
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Located on the southern tip of Elbow Cay, this picturesque beach with soft white sand is lined with coconut trees and arcs out into calm clear water. It is secluded, accessible only on foot, bike or by boat, and you’re guaranteed to find a stretch of beach to call your own. This is a perfect spot for swimming, to collect shells, starfish and sand dollars, especially during low tide when there is an endless sand bar.
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The Bahamas platform is composed primarily of limestones of shallow water marine origin. Add to this that the entire region was considerably affected by sea level changes during the period of the Pleistocene Ice Age, and we come to understand the creation of Abaco’s Blue Holes. These numerous caves and sinkholes reach down to depths beyond 300 feet, and get their name from the amazing blue coloration of their clear, seemingly bottomless waters.
The northernmost island in The Bahamas, Walker’s Cay is fringed by its own barrier reef. The stunning coral formations and surrounding marine environs host majestic schools of pompano and amberjack, large marine predators such as sharks and barracudas, multitudes of colorful tropical fish, turtles and eagle rays
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There is something for everyone inside the museum. Come inside and explore the island heritage and reward yourself with an experience to enrich and highlight your visit to Hope Town. Visit a world of pirates, Lucayan Indians, Rum-Runners, and Wreckers. See history come alive in fascinating displays of ship building, wrecks, hurricanes, and torpedoed freighters. Glimpse the past in furnished rooms, clothing and housewares of bygone times and see the faces and places of yesteryear in their historic photo collection.