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Monday, August 14, 2006

Pedro St. James Castle Reopens

We've just received some good news: Pedro's Castle has now reopened following damage after Hurricane Ivan. The historic site took the opportunity not just to spiff up the important attraction but to make it even better, investing $1.3 million in a renovation. Here are all the details:

The Cayman Islands’ historic Pedro St. James – the birthplace of Caymanian Democracy – is open again after a major $1.3 million renovation of both the great house and the surrounding grounds.

Built in 1780 on Pedro Bluff, Pedro St. James is one of the great cultural attractions in Grand Cayman. In addition to the picturesque lawn area that can be rented for meetings and social functions, the site’s multi-media theatre is also open again, having received a major facelift as part of the renovations. Theatre visitors learn all about the castle’s dramatic history and the culture and heritage of the Caymanian people when they view the twenty minute presentation.

Walking through the beautiful grounds and colourful gardens of the property, visitors will find several restored historical buildings as well as a poignant Hurricane Ivan monument. The monument is made of 12 rocks that washed ashore during the storm, representing the 12th day of September when the hurricane hit; and nine seats and four tables, signifying the ninth month of the year 2004. The tables and chairs are all made out of the wood of a 100-year-old Tamarind tree that fell during the storm.

Hours & Prices Pedro St. James is open daily from 9:30 am-5:00 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children under twelve.

For more, check out our Pedro St. James article and photos.