Mission House opens for Saturday tours

| 28/02/2019
CNS Local Life
Mission House, Bodden Town (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS Local Life): The National Trust’s signature property, the Mission House, is introducing Saturday hours beginning tomorrow (2 March). Nadia Hardie, Executive Director of the National Trust, said the new Saturday hours will allow residents more opportunities to tour the historic property in Bodden Town.

“The interest initially spun from our traditional cooking classes, which are on the first Saturday of each month at the Mission House, as it was heavily attended by residents,” she said in a press release.

“Attending the class includes a tour of the historical home and we received such positive feedback from our attendees that we decided to open the property on Saturdays to encourage more locals to explore Mission House and to learn of its significant importance to Cayman’s history.”

The new opening hours will be 9:30am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Friday and 10:30am to 4pm on Saturdays; the Mission House will be closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

The Mission House was initially built in the 1700’s and is one of Cayman’s oldest buildings. Archival resources suggest that through the last quarter of the 19th century, the building was housed by Presbyterian missionaries, closely tying its history to the early development of Christianity and education in the Cayman Islands, stated the National Trust in the press release.

“A tour of the Mission House offers a glimpse into the life of yesteryear; guests are treated to a closer look at the home’s first dwellers and the lives they led. Genuine artefacts are on display, some found on the premises when the property was rebuilt by the National Trust following the devastation of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and the tour guide is well-versed in tales of times gone by,” the Trust said in the release.

The surrounding garden is a traditional Caymanian sand yard with ornamental and fruit trees as well as medicinal herbs like mint and fever grass.

Entrance fee for the Mission House is $8 for adult Trust members, $10 for non-members, and $4 for children under 12. The next traditional cooking class – peppermint candy making with Rose Myles – is this Saturday, 2 March.

To learn more about the Mission House and the Trust’s historic properties, go to the National Trust website

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