Descendants of the Eden family who built Pedro St. James visited the building this month to mount photographs of their grandfathers at the 18th century house.
Stacy Eden-Hurlston and Carl Farrell were delighted to see the photos placed on the walls of the Great House almost 236 years after it was built.
“It makes us very happy to have the photos mounted in the Great House, both for Stacy and Carl, and for our visitors too,” said Pedro St. James operations manager Deborah Bodden.
“It adds a personal touch to the history of Pedro St. James, which is of great value to us. It brings over 200 years of history closer to the present day, in what we call ‘living history’ here at Pedro Castle.”
Mr. Eden-Hurlston, who works as a tour guide at Pedro St. James, said, “It gives me great pleasure to see this picture mounted here finally, after all these years.
“It is the only photo that we have of my grandfather, and I’m happy to see it up in the house. This is where my grandfather stood on these steps with his sister Mary Jane Eden when she was struck by lightning in 1877. So it is a good place to have the photo.”
His grandfather, William Eden III, was the great-grandson of William Eden, who built Pedro St. James in 1780.
William Eden III was born in 1855 and died at age 70 in 1925.
“I didn’t know my grandfather very well, but my mother always talked very fondly of him,” said Mr. Eden-Hurlston.
Manoah Eden, who was the first cousin of William Eden III, “was born in this very house,” according to Mr. Farrell, his grandson.
“I’m very happy and proud to have my grandfather’s photo placed in the house after all this time,” said Mr. Farrell.
“I used to be a tour guide here at Pedro Castle. Hopefully, my photo will be placed here too one day.” Manoah Eden was the son of Samuel Eden, originally a Carvalho, who was adopted by William Eden.
“The story goes that ‘Old William’ Eden adopted two young Portuguese boys – Samuel and Joseph Carvalho – from a slave ship that was passing Cayman,” said Mr. Farrell. “By the time the ship got to Pedro Castle, the slaves were all sold.
So Old William decided to adopt the two young Portuguese boys – Samuel and Joseph – as sons for his wife, who had not yet bore any children at the time.
“After she adopted the two boys, Old William and his wife had seven or eight children of their own.”
Pedro St. James is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers educational tours for school groups and summer camps, as well as regular admission and guided tours. For more information, contact Debbie Bodden on 947-3329 or email [email protected]