Little House By The Ferry represents the convergence of some of my favourite things – writing, Bahamian history, Green Turtle Cay, and Fish Hooks, my ancestral home. Through this blog, I look forward to sharing our Green Turtle Cay adventures and documenting the restoration of our little house by the ferry.
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…Green Turtle Cay
Founded in 1786 by Revolutionary War Loyalists, and named for the green turtles that once were plentiful in its waters, Green Turtle Cay lies three miles east of Great Abaco, Bahamas, and 170 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. Perched on the southwestern end of the island is New Plymouth, a quiet settlement with narrow streets and tidy rows of pastel-painted clapboard houses. Though Green Turtle Cay once boasted a population of close to 2,000, today only about 500 locals – most working in tourism or fisheries – call the island home.
To learn more about travelling to Green Turtle Cay, see Green Turtle Cay 101.
Fish Hooks is an 80-yr-old cottage on the New Plymouth waterfront in Green Turtle Cay. It was built by my great-grandparents Herman and May Curry after a 1932 hurricane leveled their home and most of the buildings on the island. After my great-grandmother’s death in 1984, the house sat empty for years. My husband Tom and I purchased the cottage in 2012 and are in the process of restoring it. To learn more about the restoration project, see The Story of Fish Hooks Cottage.
I’m Amanda Diedrick, author of Those Who Stayed: The Tale of the Hardy Few Who Built Green Turtle Cay. A writer for more than 20 years, my articles and photographs have appeared in Abaco Life, the Abaconian and the Nassau Tribune.
I’m a ninth-generation Bahamian who counts Loyalists Wyannie Malone, Nathan Key and pirate Matthew Lowe among my ancestors. When not at Fish Hooks, I can be found in Los Angeles, with my husband, Tom Walters and dog, Wrigley.
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