Bodden Town / Savannah
Date: Tuesday, 13 November
Bodden Town was one of the earliest settlements on Grand Cayman, dating back to the late 17th century. It was the island’s first capital town. It’s early pre-eminence over George Town has been positively established by the legend – George Town was only a hamlet when Bodden Town was a town.
As a seat of Government, it was the headquarters of many of the early native “Governors” among whom were Governors Wood, Webster, and the legendary and indomitable William Bodden. History was made in Bodden Town in 1831 when the decision was taken to form an elected assembly at Pedro Castle on 5 December. Elections followed on 10 and the new Assembly passed the first legislation on 31 December. The island’s first public building, a courthouse cum jail, was in Bodden Town. Regrettably, this was destroyed by a hurricane in 1944.
Bodden Town is home to the Guard House Hill, The Slave Wall, The Pirates Caves, The Mission House, a monument erected in memory of Queen Victoria, Gun Square with relics of piracy, and other attractions.
It is rumored that the famous pirate, Neal Walker (better known as Needle Walker), made Bodden Town his headquarters and that he was a very close friend of old Governor Wood. It is because of its close association with pirates why it is firmly believed that much treasure is hidden along the coast and in caves in Bodden Town. This discovery of a hole in the ground for storing or hiding provisions was washed out in the vicinity of Breakers many, many years ago.
You’re invited to come out and join us as we celebrate our district’s heritage day in the island’s first capital – you could discover some of that lost treasure!!