The island of Providenciales, often called Provo, did not have a wheeled vehicle until in the mid 1960’s. Oh how things can change. In 1990, the island got its first large hotel an casino. The complex opened its doors to the public and at the same time opened the island to development that has just kept on going. The island has become a tourist attraction that is also a popular home for retirees from all over the globe. However, there is more to Provo than just retirement homes, casinos, and sunbathing. When you make your trip to this tropical paradise, set aside some time to experience something a little more.
Because Providenciales is the urban center of the Turk and Caicos Islands, there is a lot to see that will give you a taste of the culture. Besides many restaurants, local festivals, and markets, you can take the time to visit some of the island’s history. These historical attractions add a taste of adventure to your tropical island trip. Plus, you get a chance to really feel and understand the island on which you are staying. When the trip is over, the visits to these sites will still be with you.
One of the top historical attractions that you will likely enjoy is Cheshire Hall. A 200 plus year old set of ruins were once a prominent cotton plantation. Against the backdrop of modern Provo, the plantation strikes a wonderfully contrasting image for the visitor. The buildings that remain have been preserved by the National Trust, which will allow you and generations to come to enjoy these fabulous ruins that hold beauty and significance to the island historically.
The plantation started back in the 19th century when the original founder, Thomas Stubbs, left his home country of England and set out for Provo. Upon reaching the tropical island, he started a plantation and named it Cheshire Hall in honor of his home country. By the end of the 19th century’s first decade, he was giving up on the plantation. He sold it to his brother, Wade Stubbs. For the next 30 years the plantation survived and operated on the island. At one point, the plantation included thousands of acres and used nearly 400 slaves. In 1800, 14 of those slaves escaped and were never caught despite a healthy $500 reward per slave. By 1812, though, a combination of hurricane and drought ended Cheshire Hall as a plantation. Today, though, it survives as an historical attraction in provo.
As you can see, just taking a trip away from the resort can give you a taste of so much more. Away from the stale relaxation of secluded beaches and margaritas, you will find a culture and people you will enjoy. Cheshire Hall, named after the home country of its founder, is one of those attractions. Long after your trip is over and you have gone home with your tan skin and lightened hair, you will remember that beauty and enormity of the plantation. Additionally, you will have an understanding of the cultural impact it had while enjoying one of the regions most beautiful views.