Green Turtle Cay's Historic Cemetery


As Bahamian performer Ronnie Butler sings, “Everybody wan’ go to heaven, but nobody wan’ dead.” But if you have to go, I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to be laid to rest than the cemetery in Green Turtle Cay.

Pa Herman’s grave and part of his previous tombstone, likely damaged by a hurricane.

The two-acre graveyard, located at the foot of the hill east of town, dates back to the late 1700s, though it’s been destroyed several times since by hurricanes. At low tide, you can still spot fragments of old tombstones on the beach below.

Overlooking the Sea of Abaco, Green Turtle Cay’s historic cemetery is a peaceful space where tropical flowers grow among the graves and dance in the breeze, and from which you can watch pelicans dive for their dinner and fishermen try their luck on the bonefishing flats.

I often wonder whether it’s coincidence that the Tiny Turtles Preschool is located right next door. There’s something sweet and life-affirming about paying respects to those who’ve left us while listening to a new generation of little voices laughing and singing.

Though most of their grave markers have been lost to time and weather, a number of our family members are buried here, including Pa Herman, Mirabelle, my grandmother’s sister who died at six years old, and their youngest sibling, a boy who was stillborn. One of my grandmother’s children, a girl born premature, is also here.

If your ancestors are buried in the Green Turtle Cay cemetery, the Find A Grave website includes a list of the interments for which there are existing markers.


  7 comments for “Green Turtle Cay's Historic Cemetery

  1. linda waller
    October 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    the most scenic cemetery i’ve ever seen. what a lovely place for one’s mortal remains!!

  2. October 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful photos of a special place. I also enjoyed reading your commentary. Many thanks, Shelley

    • October 30, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Hi, Shelley. Thanks for your note. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  3. October 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    What a lovely setting for a cemetery! It is such a peaceful and beautiful spot.

    • October 30, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Hi, Sheryl. Thanks for your comment. Yes, it really is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I’ve seen.

  4. November 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    hello little house by the ferry its dennis the vizsla dog hay thank yoo for visitting!!! that is a verry intresting semitary my mama and dada hav always liked to visit old semitareez but i do not think they hav ever ben to wun in a setting like this!!! ok bye

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