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Bermuda’s Favourite Haunts: Orange Valley

When a storm blows in from the northwest, and a sharp wind funnels between the hills which form a ridge above Orange Valley, the old house heaves and creaks and the windows rattle ominously.   Standing in the dimly lit hall, crowded with eighteenth century cedar chairs and the elegant grandfather clock which has stood in the house since the time it was built by my ancestor, Captain William Cox in 1796, one is grippingly aware of the past. With…


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Bermuda’s Favourite Haunts: The Ghost of Jubilee Road

The night of July 14, 1979 hangs on my memory like a pall. The journey home to Orange Valley from Smith’s Parish would haunt me for a long time to come. It was nearly midnight when I headed home on…


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Bermuda’s Favourite Haunts: The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity

Our visitors are not exempt from the past. We can tell you of two incidents, totally unrelated and involving people from different walks of life and very different locations on the North American continent. One involves a couple of middle…


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Bermuda’s Favourite Haunts: The Minerva

Here is a tale of far more incredible proportions. The Minerva was built on the North Shore in Bermuda, early in the 19th Century. She had developed an enviable mercantile reputation by the time she left Ely’s Harbour under full…


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Bermuda’s Favourite Haunts: King’s Point in Mangrove Bay

King’s Point is the home of (now deceased) Teddy Tucker, internationally known for his underwater venture, knowledge of the sea, and many successful treasure dives around the reefs of Bermuda, and his wife Edna, who is a gracious hostess and…

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Bermuda’s Favourite Haunts: Belair, Paget

My acquaintance with Belair began in the summer of 1970. Theatrical director Jack Manning and his Bermudian wife, Frances Smith, were renting the house from the Moncure Robinson estate. At the time, I was friendly with Frances’ younger sister Lisa…