Herrman land donated to Brac’s National Trust

From left, Dr. Roy Herrman’s daughter Barbara Wolfe, Minister Dwayne Seymour, Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Capt. Eugene Ebanks and Chris Randall unveil the land donation plaque.

The Herrman family from the United States has donated another parcel of land to the Brac’s National Trust.

Minister of Culture and Environment Dwayne Seymour unveiled a commemorative plaque on the property in Southeast Bay on Friday, April 13.

The plaque acknowledges the donation of the 12-acre parcel, which was made in mid-November 2017, by the daughters of the late Dr. Roy and Mrs. Estelle Herrman, through the offices of the International Reptile Conservation Foundation. This organization works closely with the National Trust in support of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program and has assisted with several donations of land by owners who reside in the U.S.

This is the third donation to the Trust by the Herrman sisters, following a gift of 17.5 acres of land in 2004 and 8.6 acres in 2013. Those donations make up a parcel of land known as “The Splits.” In total, the family has donated about 38 acres of land to the National Trust.

Dr. Herrman is well-remembered among the older generation of Brackers. He was part of a small group of Americans who built houses on the south side of the Brac in the 1950s when that part of the island was almost inaccessible. Barbara Wolfe, one of Dr. Herrman’s four daughters, traveled from New York to the Brac for the unveiling ceremony.

Just before the unveiling ceremony, Cayman Brac East MLA Juliana O’Connor-Connolly realized she had an unexpected connection to the Herrman family. She learned that she had been delivered by Dr. Herrman, who had saved the lives of both her and her mother, Shirley Mae O’Connor, during a complicated birth.

During the ceremony, she told Ms. Wolfe that she had waited “57 years to say thank you for saving my life.”

The donated parcel of land, which stretches from the Bluff to the sea, includes the first beachfront land to be owned by the National Trust on the Brac, where the District Committee members are involved in protecting turtle nesting sites. The rest of the property is mostly seasonal wetland with a strip of dry forest under the foot of the Bluff.