Landmarks in the Turks and Caicos

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

If you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in the Turks and Caicos. Click on the each name to get more information.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern the Turks and Caicos. Exhibits here off guests the opportunity to learn about everything from natural history to ship wrecks, the slave trade, and every day life on the island. The two-story building also houses a library and a shop.

Another landmark worth visiting 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 table below enables you to learn some details regarding a few museums you might enjoy in the Turks and Caicos.

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

If you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of a foreign country, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites during your time in the Turks and Caicos.

A common landmark for vacationers is Cheshire Hall. It is Five Cays Settlements, in western the Turks and Caicos. Along the tour of the ruins there will be information placards that guest can read to get a better idea of what they are looking at. Additionally, the staff have taken some time to mark and describe some of the plants that are native to the area, creating a type of history-botanical garden mix.

Attractions Map

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is 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: The Turks and Caicos National Museum and the Caicos Heritage House opens at 9am and closes at 1pm Monday - Friday. They are closed weekends and holidays.

Be sure to look at the following table to read more about sites of historical interest 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

Vacationers may explore some other worthwhile sites to visit in the Turks and Caicos.

If the functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, you might enjoy a visit to 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

If you want to learn about a wider range of points of interest beyond just these, you might want to consider other locations. For a better look at other attractions, visit this page.

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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