March 20, 2023

Discover the island’s rich past at these historic spots

Visitors to Bermuda can visit dozens of ancient fortresses around the island for a glimpse into Bermuda’s history.
Bermuda’s rich history makes it worth spending time away from the beach to explore. Relive times gone by at these historical spots around the island.

Bermuda is home to dozens of ancient fortresses that now serve as monuments to the past. A visit to any of these forts will leave visitors with a greater understanding of the island’s history, as well as treat them to picturesque ocean views. A few highlights include Ferry Island Fort, where a battery was originally erected in the 1790s as part of a retreat plan during the American Revolutionary War; and Fort Hamilton, which offers spectacular views, a garden moat, dungeons and 18-ton artillery pieces. Other options include Burnt Point Fort, Fort St. Catherine, Gates Fort, Scaur Hill Fort, and more.

The Bermuda Maritime Museum
At the edge of the Royal Naval Dockyard is this museum set within the Keep, a sprawling six-acre fort containing eight historic buildings including old munitions warehouses and the restored Commissioner’s House. Visitors can enjoy a variety of historical exhibits sure to deliver fascinating insight into Bermuda’s past.

Historic Houses
A number of centuries-old homes and buildings on the island are open to the public for a glimpse into Bermuda’s – and America’s – past. At the Bermuda National Trust Museum in the Globe Hotel, visitors can learn about the 1699 building that later became the site where the offices of the Confederate agent Major Norman Walker were housed during the American Civil War. The hotel also offers the exhibit “Rogues & Runners: Bermuda and the American Civil War,” as well as a 12-minute video on the 400 years of Bermuda’s history. The Bermuda National Trust “Verdmont” Historic House & Garden is considered one of the island’s most significant historic buildings. The 1710 house is a unique example of early Georgian architecture that has remained unchanged for some 300 years. Visitors to the house can see an extensive collection of antiques as well as enjoy the grounds’ gardens and stunning views of the South Shore.

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