This historically accurate reconstruction of an original 1780 great house is a spectacular showpiece for the birthplace of democracy.
At the end of a quiet, mango and mahogany tree-shaded road in Savannah, Grand Cayman, high atop a limestone bluff, lies one of the Caribbean's most spectacular historic restorations, the Pedro St. James Historic Site. After a seven year transformation, the Cayman Islands government has created the country's most ambitious heritage attraction to date and its first national landmark.
The final phase of the most extensive restoration project in Cayman's history was completed in December 1998. Sprawling over 7.65 acres with a breathtaking view of the azure Caribbean Sea, Pedro St. James is one of the country's genuine treasures.
Behind a traditional coral stone wall rises an authentic, three-storey early 19th century great house and outbuildings, with traditional "grounds" planted with pineapple, banana and other provisions. The adjacent acres are covered with luxuriant tropical plants, palm-lined walkways and a splendid manicured Great Lawn sprawling to a jaw-dropping view of the Caribbean Sea. At the main entrance is the Visitors Centre featuring a state of the art multimedia theatre where visitors experience 200 years of Cayman history in 20 minutes.
Today, it is a site whose grandeur is befitting of its importance as the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands.
Formerly known as Pedro Castle, this is the oldest known existing stone structure in the Cayman Islands. The original building is believed to have been built with quarried native rock around 1780 as a great house by William Eden, a mariner, plantation owner and early settler.
One of the most beautiful Caribbean attractions, Pedro St. James is already a popular venue for weddings and social events. The grounds have been landscaped as a magnificent natural tropical park with native trees and plants, as well as traditional medicinal and vegetable gardens representative of a small early 19th century West Indian plantation.
Find out more about the early history of Pedro St. James, the birthplace of Caymanian democracy and the painstaking restoration programme, click here.
Visitor Information: Pedro St. James historic site is located in Savannah, Grand Cayman and is open from 8:30 to 5:00 daily. A multi-media show starts on the hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is US$8.00. Children under 6 are free and children 6 to 12 years old pay US$4.00.
For information, contact: ph: (345) 947-3329. Also visit us at www.pedrostjames.ky
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Hints & Tips
- The Pedro St. James gift shop also has locally made products for sale.
- Be sure to spend some time rocking on the porch and chasing the shadows as Mr Eden was said to do.
- The multimedia show in the theatre is a must-visit when at Pedro St. James.