The Story of Fish Hooks Cottage

In 2012, my husband Tom Walters and I realized a long-time dream when we purchased my ancestral family home in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.

Located just east of the ferry dock in the cay’s main settlement, this property was originally purchased by my great-grandfather, Herman Curry, in two sections: the front half in 1918 and the back lot in 1923. Originally, my great-grandparents and their three daughters lived in a larger, more elegantly appointed house, shown in the photograph below.

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Herman and May Curry’s house (far left) prior to 1932

Sadly, in 1932, their beautiful home was destroyed by a Category 5 hurricane. Desperate to shelter their family, and with limited access to supplies and resources, Pa Herman and Ma May cobbled together a smaller, simpler house from the debris of their former home.

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Fish Hooks Cottage, 2012

Tom and I, along with our contractors Jason and Oral Bethel, began restoring our little house by the ferry in January 2014.

Here’s what it looked like as of April 2015:

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Below are links to my blog posts and video diary entries documenting our journey thus far.

  1. We’ve Hooked the Small One
  2. Fish Hooks Update: The Inspection 
  3. Fish Hooks Update: Restoration Begins January 2014 
  4. Fish Hooks Video Diary: We’re Off to a Solid Start 
  5. Fish Hooks Video Diary: The Cellar     
  6. Fish Hooks Video Diary: Beam it Up   
  7. Fish Hooks Video Diary: Ready, Set…
  8. Fish Hooks Video Diary: The Move
  9. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: Our New Porch
  10. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: The Front Yard
  11. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: My Handy Husband
  12. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: Our Garden
  13. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: The Living Room (Part 1)
  14. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: The Yard (Part 2)
  15. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: The Living Room (Part 2)
  16. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: Summer 2017
  17. Fish Hooks Restoration Update: Another Small Step

… and our adventure continues.

  42 comments for “The Story of Fish Hooks Cottage

  1. June 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    That’s a great story – thanks for sharing it.

  2. October 8, 2015 at 12:44 am

    What a cute little house and it must be so nice living right on the water.

  3. chrisdesigner
    February 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I love your house and your story. Great job. Fun to see. We have almost finished (almost, really, lol) an old cottage on Spanish Wells. It’s been an experience of a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

    • February 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Hi, Chris. Thanks for getting in touch, and thanks for your kind words! I’m interested in knowing more about your Spanish Wells project. Is there anywhere online I can find out more?

      A.

  4. Melinda
    November 11, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing, we were there a year before the hurricane hit, I happy too see video of the progress and Beauty it still holds..

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