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january 17, 2008 salt cay historical tour and fundraising event

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press releases


2010. Salt islandsí bid for World Heritage status
Gemma Handy, Turks and Caicos Weekly News. Jul 9.

2008. Salt Cay Marina and Shore Club at Long Bay approved.
Turks and Caicos Sun, Jun 14-21, p. 8.

2008. Salt Cay Residents still undecided on proposed resort
David Hinds, Turks and Caicos Sun, Jun 7-14, p. 7.

2008. TCI to ship away wild animals
Vivian Tyson, Turks and Caicos Sun, Jun7-14, p. 17.

2008. DiCaprio and Others Race to Create Sustainability in the Caribbean
Lauren Zinn, ABC News, April 4.

2008. Premier says Salt Cay residents have nothing to fear.
Turks and Caicos Sun. Mar 15-22., p. 17

2008. Forgotten Turks & Caicos island exudes history and relaxation.
Greg Tasker / The Detroit News. Sunday, February 24.

2008. $500,000 needed to restore Salt Cay landmark.
Turks and Caicos Weekly News
. Feb 1-15, p. 15.

2008. Historic Tour of Salt Cay to raise money
WIV TV Channel 4, Turks and Caicos Islands. January 18.

2008. Salt Cay Government House to be Restored.
TCI Freepress, Jan 10-17, 2008, p. B3.

A Beautiful day - everyone gathering at Deans Dock and the Salt Shed on Salt Cay - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer Transportation awaits the tour group outside the Salt Shed
January 17, 2008
Historical Tour of Salt Cay and Fund Raising Event

The weather was sunny and breezy, a perfect day and the tour started on time at 11 am.

Approximately 60 important fundraising participants attended, including Honorable Galmo & Mrs. Williams, Honorable Derek Taylor, Mr. Don Gardiner, Chairman of the Tourist Board and Dr. Neil Hitch, director of the Turks and Caicos National Museum.

First Stop at the Salinas overlooking Balfour Town on Salt Cay - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer Traveling back in time heading toward the Salt Cay St Johns Anglican Church - photo by Robin Savory
The tour started at the house Gladys Kennedy was born in and a view of the Salt Pans, then we golf-carted en mass to the Anglican Church, sat in the pews and listed to Mr. Poley Dickenson, church deacon and caretaker tell us about the church’s history: built in early 1860, destroyed by the 1925 hurricane and claims to have the highest pulpits in all the Bahamas. Mr. Poley, age 73, recalls his youth when salt raking was an industry on Salt Cay.
Poley Dickenson inside St Johns Church - telling the history of the church and Salt Cay  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
Poley Dickenson inside St Johns Church - telling the history of the church and Salt Cay - photo J&S Shaffer
Hon Galmore Williams and his lovely wife Althea  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
Honorable Galmo & Mrs.Althea Ewing Williams listen to Mr Poley - St Johns Anglican Church on Salt Cay
Inside the St Johns Church on Salt Cay  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer Oceanside graveyard behind St John's Church on Salt Cay  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
Sunny Side - Salt merchant house from 1830's on Salt Cay - photo by Robin Savory Restored porch with wooden shutters - Sunnyside - photo by Robin Savory

The next stop was a tour through Sunnyside, a beautifully restored residence built in the 1830’s. Although unfurnished, it was easy to imagine living in this inviting home as a salt merchant in the 1800's.

Rock wall - photo by Robin Savory Victoria St headed toward the White House in the distance
Hon Derek Taylor outside the White House  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer The Boat House - next to the White House
The journey back in time continued with a tour of White House conducted by Georgia Dunn, talking of her great-great-grandparents lives. Visitors saw some of the original home furnishings of the Harriott family and plenty of evidence of what happens when buildings start to fall into disrepair. Noted was the 180 ton Bermudian limestone roof in need of repair, adjacent location of the paymasters building (which completely fell down in 2005) and the adjacent boat house which is nearly falling down.
Salt Cay ladies traveling on down the road in a super powered golf cart  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
Government House  - photo by Robin Savory Helen Krieble talking it up for WIV news  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer

The final tour stop was at the Government House, the object of the fundraiser. These pictures show why we need to raise funds.

 - photo by Robin Savory  - photo by Robin Savory
Don Gardiner - thanks for your support Don!  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
Don Gardiner, Blue Pearl Ltd gave a very nice check toward the restoration project
Helen Krieble - President of Turks and Caicos Preservation Foundation  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
Helen Krieble, President of the Turks & Caicos Preservation Foundation, moving this project forward
Porter telling a story to Margert Ann and Mary Kathryn ... wonder what he said  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer Jim Shaffer in the red shirt  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
A garden party at the Government House  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer Inside looking streetward at the Government House
Althea Ewing-Williams and Jeff Lee architect  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
The ladies of Salt Cay , Ms. Rosalie Glinton, Ms. Amy Smith and Ms. Melly Simmons  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
Ms. Rosalie Glinton, Ms. Amy Smith and Ms. Melly Simmons of Salt Cay

The tour ended at the Salt Shed with a presentation by Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams and Helen Krieble, a beautiful buffet lunch including conch salad, island style chicken, macaroni and cheese peas and rice, conch soup and salt cay candies followed by a stirring rendition of Salt Cay spun lyrics performed by Levi Rapoo to the tune of Jimmy Buffets’ Come Monday.
Salt Cay preservation meeting of the minds  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer The nurses of Salt Cay  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer
Salt Cay candies, a treat for a treat kind of day  - photo by Jim & Sharon Shaffer

The foundation sincerely thanks all of the participants who made the effort to attend and particularly to those who were able to donate funds toward this ongoing restoration project.

We thank the residents of Salt Cay for allowing us to visit their small island, use their golf carts, share their thoughts and enjoy the delicious food so kindly prepared to feed our appetites. Special thanks to the ladies that cooked: Maria Jennings, Natalie Simons, Nettie Talbot, Barbara Simmons, Sheila Selver and special thanks to the staff at the Windmills Plantation.

This webpage will be continually updated with the progress of the restoration. The National Trust is working with Lee Astwood architectural firm and has complete plans to restore the property. Schematics of the plan will be placed on the website when they have been updated to reflect the vision of the project which is to restore the Government House to its original fashion, including the surrounding stone walls and gardens. The plans are to use the Government House as a visitor’s center.



We welcome written material, historical tidbit, photo, memoir and correction to this presentation, very much so.
A big thank you to the Salt Cay community, as well as other visitors, friends and formal entities for their contribution to this project.


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