Did you know that the Clifton heritage site dates back to more than 220 years ago? The property was originally owned by a Loyalist that left the Americas for the Bahamas by the name of John Wood. Its recorded that Mr Wood moved to Nassau and purchased land to farm in the late 1700’s. In 1785 he commissioned the building of a series of houses for himself and his slaves of which today are left just the ruins. In 1802 he sold his land to William Whylly along with other surrounding land totaling over 100 acres. It was because of the Whylly family plantation on Savannah that the name of the area was called Clifton. The Whylly’s lived on the land until the 1820’s and the property was passed on to subsequent owners until a massive fire in 1851 burnt most of the cotton and sisal fields along with many of the homes to the ground. Information on this property is hard to find but that which is recorded is far more interesting than you may think. The grounds are open to the public for a fee of $5 to roam the property and help assist with excavation and research on the Clifton Heritage Park. Take your family there to help preserve one of the most interesting historic sites on the island of New Providence.


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