Then and Now: Adderley Plantation and Stella Maris Resort
03 March 2017 | Stella Maris, Long Island
Photo: Burger at the Adderley Plantation Ruins
Next morning the four of us headed north ("left! keep left!"), first stopping at the lovely landscaped little airport to get our visas renewed. Then we meandered around the beautiful German-owned luxury resort club, Stella Maris. They've been pampering tourists here for decades.
On the way back I spotted the brown sign, "Adderley Plantation" in passing and insisted that we turn back. A rough dirt road led to a beach, but no signs. What now? We followed some fresh footprints to the right, that led to an overgrown path lined with conch shells. The trail took us through the dense undergrowth to the Loyalist ruins.
Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, the crumbling buildings were once the center of a 2,500 acre cotton plantation. It failed, along with all the others on the islands, due to poor soil, drought and infestation. Many of today's Bahamian population are descendants of the abandoned slaves whose owners fled back to the States and to England in the mid 1800's.