Gillian Outerbridge 2013-04-16 03:26:28
Whether you arrive in St. George’s by bus, taxi, ferry or on a rented moped, ditch the transportation and head off on foot. It’s the best way to see this quaint, historic town that incorporates not only its own history but also the history of Bermuda. Here, you will follow the footprints of the first shipwrecked settlers, en route to Virginia in 1609 when a hurricane drove them ashore near what would become St. George’s. As you stroll the narrow winding lanes and streets, it’s easy to visualise the early years when the town was established as the capital of the island, already named Bermuda. The Square is the hub of the town, known variously as Town Square, Market Square and King’s Square. This is where historical re-enactments take place. The Town Hall, a gracious edifice bearing the official Coat of Arms, contains portraits of early mayors who, in their wisdom, maintained and enhanced the small settlement. When the seat of government relocated to Hamilton in 1815, the town was preserved as a living museum. With your walking tour map in hand, set off up the small hill to the State House, believed to be the oldest stone building not only in Bermuda but also the New World. The view from the State House sweeps your vision across four centuries of Bermudian architecture. From there, behind you is the 17th-century civic building, on your right are examples of very early residences, down on the Square are the handsome 19th-century municipal buildings, all of them linked by their most distinguishable feature: the ubiquitous white Bermudian Roof. Walk across Somers’ Garden park, once a marsh, and lose yourself in the maze of enchanting narrow alleys with intriguing names, like Featherbed Alley, Old Maid’s Lane, Needle and Thread Alley. With camera and map in hand, a stroll through St. George’s is a memorable adventure.
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