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 like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in the Turks and Caicos. To obtain detailed information concerning each museum, you can click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern the Turks and Caicos. The Turks and Caicos National Museum is located in a historic building in Cockburn Town. The facility is a non-profit, and receives no help from the government, but maintains a great collection of all things culturally and historically Turks and Caicos.

Another landmark worth considering is John Glenn Exhibit, While you might not immediately think of the Turks and Caicos Islands when you think NASA and John Glen, the island played a major role in the space program, with NASA affiliate bases operating on the island. In fact, when John Glen returned to Earth after orbiting in space, he first went to the Turks and Caicos base before heading back to the US.

The chart below summarizes some 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

Do you like exploring the history of foreign countries? If so, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites during your stay.

An interesting landmark worth visiting 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

Another landmark worth visiting is Brown House. It is Balfour Town, in southeastern the Turks and Caicos. While the Brown House is closed to the general public, guests may rent the property as a villa.

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.

You can look through the following chart 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

Vacationers may experience some other interesting places to visit in this area.

If the nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you might enjoy visiting 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 the Turks and Caicos
Name Type Location Island
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.1 mi. North of Central Grand Turk Grand Turk

If you are seeking a wider variety of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you should think about other possibilities. Anyone who needs to get more information concerning other attractions by following this link.

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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