Exploring Bermuda: St. George’s

IMG_5589Hello Lacquered Lifers! Sorry for the radio silence yesterday, I was in Bermuda over the weekend celebrating my mother’s birthday. We had a wonderful time staying at Tuckers Point with the family, doing what most people do on beach vacations: eating/drinking, laughing, tanning, swimming, snorkeling … but of course I had to add a trip to St. George’s to my Bermuda itinerary. St. George’s is the earliest colonial English settlement in the New World. It was founded in 1612 by members of the Virginia Company whose ship had gotten waylaid during a storm on the way to Jamestown. After building two additional ships from local Bermuda cedar, members of the Company continued on to Jamestown, however, they left behind a group of people to establish St. Georges and Bermuda. St. George’s remained the capital of Bermuda until 1815 when it was moved to Hamilton, and in 2000, St. George’s became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. IMG_5590 IMG_5593 IMG_5601 IMG_5603 IMG_5618 IMG_5622 IMG_5625 IMG_5630There is a lot about St. George’s that reminds me of Charleston, and that is not surprising. Both colonies were founded by English Settlers within sixty years of each other, and many of Charleston’s settlers came by way of Bermuda. IMG_5647 IMG_5649 IMG_5634 IMG_5655If you’re ever in Bermuda, and have the opportunity to do some exploring, I highly recommend St. George’s. It is chock full of colorful colonial architecture and some beautiful views. I cannot wait to return.

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