From 1868 to 1897, photographer James B. Heyl traveled the island, capturing still images of Bermuda and her people. Included in the collection of images were photos of buildings, churches, roadways, streets and sailboats, all of which combined gives us insight into what life was really like back then. Here are 12 photographs by James B. Heyl we love.


Cedar Avenue



Commissioners House


Ginger beer and fruit stands


The crop season of 1882


St. David’s Lighthouse


The boys went camping


Long House, Pembroke


Holy Trinity Church in Hamilton, destroyed by fire in 1884


The Causeway


Admiralty House


Mrs. Mildred Lee, daughter of Robert E. L (commander of the Confederate States Army) and her cousin at Joyce Dock Cave