National Trust highlights historical society

Residents in Bodden Town heard how important the historical society is to the Cayman Islands.

Mission House

The partly constructed Mission House in Bodden Town. Photo: Jewel Levy

National Trust Historic Manager Denise Bodden recently highlighted the significance of this drive with a presentation of a slide show in the Seniors Community Hall.

‘The purpose of these historic slide shows is really to keep Cayman culture and history alive,’ she said.

The slide show covered historic homes in Bodden Town, specifically the Mission House.

‘I purposely feel history is not something to be put away in a bottle, or put on some dusty shelf and forgotten. Our history and or culture should be functional and accessible in today’s society.

‘We wanted to keep fresh in everyone’s minds the work being done on the Mission House,’ she said.

At the present time workers at the site are getting ready to pour the walls with a mixture of cement and steel. ‘When completed we want it to look like a modern day wattle and daub house,’ said Ms Bodden.

There is also some talk of having a wall inside the mission house constructed of original daub and wattle.

The first floor of the Mission House consists of imported wood which sits on a base of salvaged ironwood from the original Mission House, which was knocked down during Hurricane Ivan.

‘We have used as much as the original wood as possible because we want to make the home look as original as possible.

‘The way it will be finished will give the appearance of a wattle and daub wall.

‘Anyone interested in watching its progress is welcome to pay a visit down Gun Square where the Mission House is located,’ said Ms Bodden

The Mission House was donated by the Fenwik Watler family and the land was bought by the National Trust.

The presentation was the third in a series of lectures highlighting Cayman’s unique culture and history being presented by the National Trust.

The first show featured decorative gingerbread wood that surrounds some of these old buildings and traditional George Town homes and the workmanship involved in building these homes.