Watler Cemetery

Historically, it has been the fad that prominent families in the Cayman Islands stake their claim on a piece of land (often close to the shore where it is easier to dig) as the family burial ground. One such parcel of land, the Watler Cemetery, is a spot where visitors can view grave stones dating back to the 19th century.

What to Expect

The Watler Cemetery was donated to the National Trust by the Watler family in 1991, and features grave stones that date back to the beginning of the 19th century -- though it is believe that relatives from as far back as the 17th century are buried on these grounds.

What sets this cemetery apart from any other on the island is the grave markers themselves. The markers are shaped like houses and made from the combination of crushed coral and limestone daub. Similar grave markings have been found in England and Wales dating back to the middle ages, and many believe there is a connection to be made.

The overgrown cemetery is surrounded by an old stone wall and filled with towering trees. The Prospect Youth Center is located nearby.

Staying Close

Grand Cayman is a good option for those wishing to visit Watler Cemetery, since travelers to this region of the Cayman Islands will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site during their visit. Despite the fact that the area isn't over-crowded, you'll nevertheless find a fair selection of lodging options to choose from.

Hotels near Watler Cemetery
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Sunset House Resort 3.7 mi. (1.3 km) W
Treasure Island Resort Resort 4.3 mi. (3.0 km) NW
Comfort Suites, Grand Cayman Hotel 4.3 mi. (3.2 km) NW
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort Resort 4.4 mi. (3.3 km) NW

Location and What's Nearby

Spirited travelers may additionally be charmed by the area because of the ample availability of open-air activities. Visitors who are interested in trying out their skills around the green, will want to do so at the nearest option, which is Britannia Golf Course. If playing a few rounds of golf doesn't excite you, additional outdoor opportunities can still be found at Spotts Bay, the closest beach. However, while these options may be the most convenient to access, you will still find various similar opportunities in the sun. If you and your family would prefer to stay inside, there are also several other attractions within a short distance. One of the few indoor sites by Watler Cemetery that you might enjoy is Cayman Islands Brewery.

Information

Operating Hours

The operating hours for the historic site aren't readily available, meaning that your group's top option is phoning early to ensure the building is going to be open to guests during the time you and your party intend to stop by.

Payment

If you need to know the price of admission, you should call Watler Cemetery beforehand to determine if they charge, and if so, how much.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (345) 749-1121
FAX: (345) 749-1135

Location: Savannah, Grand Cayman

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.ky/index.php/info-sheets/watler-cemetary

Email: info@nationaltrust.org.ky

 

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