The Cayman Islands: Walking Tour
| Take Time To Stroll Through Historic Georgetown|
Follow the Georgetown map, starting at the Old Courts Building, which is now the Cayman Islands National Museum. It features exhibits of the natural and cultural history of the islands as well as an audio-visual presentation.
On Harbour Drive past the cruisedock is Elmslie Memorial Church, built by Capt. Rayal Bodden, a well-known shipwright. To the right, by the car park, are old grave markers shaped like houses, with small ones for children, typical of graves on these islands. Inside see the timber ceiling resembling a schooner's hull. In the churchyard is the War Memorial, and across the street, the Seamen's Memorial, with names of 153 Caymanians lost at sea. Next to it are the remains of Fort George, built in 1790 for defense against the Spaniards who raided the islands, taking captives to Cuba.
Then walk up Fort Street to the modern Legislative Assembly, which houses photos of the old days in Cayman, showing the Town Hall and 1919 Peace Memorial next door.
Outside the Hall is the Clock Tower, built in memory of King George V, and across the street is the Public Library built in 1939, the ceiling of which is decorated with shields depicting Britain's famous institutions of learning. If court is in session in the Law Courts across Edward Street, you can quietly watch wigged barristers argue before elaborately robed judges.
The curved facade of the Post Office, also built by Captain Rayal, can be seen down Edwards Street. Its ceiling also recalls a ship's timber work. Past the corner of Elgin Avenue and Shedden Road are traditional cabin-style houses with the "cook rum" or separate kitchen in the back. End your walk at the lovely Panton Square.
Remember, we drive left, so be careful and look right when crossing streets.