The Cayman Islands will mark another step
forward in its tourism resurgence with the reopening of the Pedro
St. James Historic Site on Grand Cayman on May 29, following a $1.3
million renovation after Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
has been closed to visitors since the storm hit, although it was
used several times for private functions and events.
Pedro St. James,
an authentic Caribbean great house built in 1780, is the islands
lone survivor of the hurricane of 1785 and one of the destinations
most popular attractions.
Situated on Pedro
Bluff on Grand Caymans south coast -- about 30 minutes from George
Town -- the grounds include original outbuildings and
New is a monument
at the edge of the site comprised of 12 rocks to represent the date
in September 2004 when the hurricane hit (Sept. 12, 2004). The
monument has nine seats to represent the ninth month of the year
and four tables to signify the year.
The rocks used
were washed ashore in the storm; the logs used for the table and
chairs came from a 100-year-old tamarind tree that came down in the
include a redone gift shop, an audio-visual system in the theater,
lawn areas near the great house, expanded function space and
specially designed hurricane straps for the roof.
Pedro St. James
will be open daily from 9: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is $8 for
adults, $4 for children. For details, visit www.pedrostjames.ky.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].