Landmarks in 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 like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name to obtain detailed information.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern 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.

Attractions Map

Many travelers also choose to visit H.M. Prison Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern Turks and Caicos. History buffs are sure to enjoy the H.M. Prison Museum where visitors and walk through and explore a prison from the 1800's.

The Salt House: Exhibits here talk about the ships that were used to build the industry, a tour of the salt canals, and a visit to a working windmill replica. There is also a gift shop on site which sells souvenirs of locally produced products.

The chart right below shows some details regarding some museums to choose from in Turks and Caicos.

Museums In Turks and Caicos
Name Phone Location
H.M. Prison Museum -- 0.8 mi. West of Central Grand Turk
John Glenn Exhibit -- Grand Turk
The Salt House (649) 946-1747 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town
Turks & Caicos National Museum (505) 216-1795 1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Grand Turk

Historical Sites

Caicos Heritage House

Do you enjoy discovering the history of countries you visit? If so, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites while vacationing in Turks and Caicos.

Many travelers choose to visit Cheshire Hall. It is Five Cays Settlements, in western Turks and Caicos. Tours are offered of the plantation Monday through Saturday from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Another popular destination is Brown House. It is Balfour Town, in southeastern 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: Guests have an opportunity to explore exhibits that were meticulously created after many hours of careful research. The overall goal is to offer an authentic preservation of history.

View the following table for a listing of historical sites in Turks and Caicos.

Historic Sites In 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 0.9 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 Turks and Caicos North Caicos
White House -- 0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Grand Turk Lighthouse

Guests may explore some other intriguing sites worth visiting in this area.

If the functional aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you might want to see Grand Turk Lighthouse. The lighthouse is a popular stop along hiking trails and donkey tours, where there is plenty of shade and a few picnic benches for those who have brought a lunch. This destination is also great for whale watching in February and March.

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

Keep in mind, you will find plenty of other types of attractions. Read this extended discussion which is all about even more attractions if you'd like to discover additional details.

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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