History

Discover the History of Mitchell House
History

Discover the History of Mitchell House

If anyone were to write a rock song about the iconic Mitchell House, we think it would be called 'Stairway to History'. The Georgian 'welcoming arms' of the house's front steps ushers all the visitors who enter to take a trip into the past. Mitchell House was built in 1730 and its original architecture and décor has largely been maintained over the centuries. Mitchell House was acquired in 1920s by the recently formed St. George's Historical Society and from that…


Culture | History

Ode to the Onion: The History and Culture of Bermuda’s Once Famous Export

The famous Bermuda onion, popular the world over, is known for its sweet taste and a flavour so mild some say you can eat them like apples. But how did the onion become synonymous with Bermuda and how did they…


History

7 Historical Facts About St. David’s

Quiet, sleepy St. David’s is one of two large islands that make up St. George’s parish on the far eastern end of Bermuda. Long isolated, it eventually connected to Stoke’s Point in 1934 thanks to the Severn Bridge. In 1941…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: May

Pictured above: Aquarium Curator James Burnett-Herkes “rescues” a 20-ft. sperm whale which had got itself trapped in Castle Harbour. Mr Burnett-Herkes and helpers bent a line on to the whale’s tail and towed it out through Castle Roads. Last seen…


History

The Wreck of the Sea Venture: The Untold Story

It is easy for Bermudians to assume the wreck of the ship Sea Venture is a stirring yarn that begins with a hurricane and ends with the captain of the ship, Sir George Somers, on his deathbed, asking that his…

History

William Bennet Perot and His Stamps

William Bennet Perot, Postmaster of Hamilton from 1818 to 1862, spent much of his time his garden, which is now the Queen Elisabeth Park in Hamilton. When he was required in his post office, his friend Mr. James Bell Heyl,…