The Turks and Caicos Landmarks

With multiple islands to explore, the supply of landmarks to visit in Turks and Caicos is endless

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The beach may be calling, but there are just some things you have to do during your visit to Turks and Caicos. Exploring some of the most significant sites that the islands have to offer is one of the most popular things to do on the islands.

Museums

Turks & Caicos National Museum

In case you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in the Turks and Caicos. To obtain more information about each museum, you can click on the name.

One popular destination is Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern the Turks and Caicos. The Turks and Caicos National Museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m.

Another landmark you might enjoy is John Glenn Exhibit, You can expect to see a proud collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the island's space days. From pictures to old equipment, you will be able to explore and inquire about the program's past.

The chart just below summarizes a few details concerning a few the museums available in the area.

Museums In the Turks and Caicos
Name Phone Location
John Glenn Exhibit -- Grand Turk
Turks & Caicos National Museum (505) 216-1795 1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Grand Turk

Historical Sites

Caicos Heritage House

Like learning about the historical roots of places you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites while vacationing in the Turks and Caicos.

One popular destination is Cheshire Hall. It is Five Cays Settlements, in western the Turks and Caicos. The Cheshire Hall is the ruins of a cotton plantation that was built around 1700. Guest can explore the ruins on guided tours and get a glimpse of the unsuccessful cotton history in the Caicos islands.

Attractions Map

Many travelers also choose to visit Brown House. It is Balfour Town, in southeastern the Turks and Caicos. Built in the early 1800's, Brown House was the first house built on Salt Cay. It was originally the home of a local salt merchant and over time has been thoroughly restored by the Salt Cay Preservation Foundation.

Caicos Heritage House: Part of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, the Caicos Heritage House is an authentic replica of what would have been a typical island dwelling in the 1800s. Visitors can explore the grounds of the exhibit and get an idea of what life was like two centuries ago.

Take some time to look through the following table to learn more about historic sites in the Turks and Caicos.

Historic Sites In the Turks and Caicos
Name Phone Location Island
Brown House -- 0.4 mi. North of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay
Caicos Heritage House (649) 941-5358 0.7 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Cheshire Hall (649) 941-5710 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Government House -- Salt Cay Salt Cay
Wades Green Plantation (649) 946-5710 Northwestern part of the Turks and Caicos North Caicos
White House -- 0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Grand Turk Lighthouse

Travelers will explore some other worthwhile attractions in this area.

If the functional aspects of living by the sea interest you, you might want to visit Grand Turk Lighthouse. A historic landmark protected by the National Trust, the Grand Turk Lighthouse sits on the northern tip of the island and at one time served to protect ships that traveled at night from wrecking on the off-shore reefs.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In the Turks and Caicos
Name Type Location Island
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.1 mi. North of Central Grand Turk Grand Turk

Keep in mind, The Turks and Caicos includes additional attraction types. To get more information on other attractions for the Turks and Caicos, read this article.

Historic Homes and Buildings

Wades Green Plantation on North Caicos is where visitors can see the ruins of one of the most successful slavery operated plantations in Turks and Caicos history. Ruins include outbuildings, stone walls, and the main house.

Providenciales is also home to the ruins of a 200-year-old plantation home, Cheshire Hall. There, a trail takes you through the ruins, where signs are posted explaining the history of the property. As the story goes, Thomas Stubbs emigrated from England to Turks and Caicos in the early 19th century and set up the Cheshire Hall Plantation. By 1810, however, he sold the property to his brother Wade. Over 300 slaves kept the thousands of acres of land in operation, until drought, soil exhaustion, and then finally a hurricane, took the plantation down.

Salt Cay was once one of the leading salt producers in the world. There are two houses on the island, the White House and the Brown House, built by families who were big in the sale industry. The Government House, a two-story wooden structure that houses customs officials, is also located on Salt Cay.

No matter what island you visit, there is an important landmark for you to explore. Plan ahead and map out which sites you'd like to see, or just play it by ear when you arrive. However you play it, make sure that one way or another, you make it to some of Turks and Caicos' most important sites.

 

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