This morning we set off for the kilometre walk to Fort St Catherine, located on the north-eastern corner of St George Island.
Fort St Catherine was built on a rocky outcrop in 1614, but was subsequently expanded five times over the following centuries. After walking over a timber drawbridge you enter the museum, filled with dioramas of the fort, suits of armours and replicas of the crown jewels; crowns, sceptres, orbs, swords.
You leave the air-conditioned museum down the steps into a labyrinth of tunnels below the fort that housed the barrels of explosives, casemates and shells in various rooms. Some of the pulley systems to lift both the casemates and shells which way up to 200 pounds, still exist so you can see how they would winch them up to the top of the fort.
We then wandered around the ramparts, the keep and other nooks and crannies around the fortress just waiting to be discovered.
Not a bad place for a soldier to work with an outlook like this.
Visitor Information for Fort Catherine:
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 10 am – 4 pm, Closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st
- Cost: Adults $7/Children (under 12) $3/Senior (65+) $5
Our walk back to St George’s took us past some beautiful bays and back through the town.
Our next stop was St Peter’s church, rebuilt in stone in 1713, on the site of Bermuda’s earliest church. St Peter’s is the oldest Protestant church in the New World and inside it has elaborately carved cedar furniture, thought to be the island’s oldest. Outside there are two graveyards, separated by a low wall: the eastern graveyard was for notable Bermudians, while the other side is the final resting place of slaves and free blacks, right up until the outlawing of segregation in the 1960’s.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
After our walk and visit to the fort we asked the local pharmacy where the locals go for burgers and were directed to where chef Wesley works at Mama Angie’s. We did have great burgers in this very small, but packed cafe.
On our return, the dinghy dock was once again packed and we had to clamber over dinghies to reach our own.