5 April 2006

St. George's

We made our first visit to St George's on the Thursday after arriving, during which we explored the town at a leisurely pace. I got to know the place very well in 2004 when I ran the field school here. So it was really nice to show it off to Katie.

St. George's is the second oldest English settlement in the new world, being founded in 1612, only three years after the initial 'landing' by the Sea Venture in 1609. When the capital of Bermuda was relocated to Hamilton in 1815, St. George's became a sleepy backwater and little development took place, so the town retains most of its 18th and 19th century buildings and earlier street plan.

Katie in the Unfinished Church

The first few days on the island were really nice, making the most of the time Katie and I had to ourselves. We made another visit to St. George's on Friday afternoon with Tom, as he arrived from Canada at lunchtime. We had a few hours to wait at that end of the island before Emma flew in just after 5pm.

Tom and I standing outside Reeve Court. I am pointing out the State House, the dig site in 2004.

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