Historic Sites

Fort Charlotte


The largest of the three forts still on the island, Fort Charlotte was built by Lord Dunmore in 1789 to guard the western entrance to the harbor. Today, it offers a waterless moat, ramparts, canons, underground passages to dungeon rooms, and...  Read More



Although great views abound in The Bahamas, some of the best can be had from the Cloisters and Versailles Gardens on the eastern end of Paradise Island, overlooking Nassau Harbor. The stone remains of a 14th-century French monastery traveled a...  Read More



With just 65 steps spanning 102 feet, this is a steep ascent from Elizabeth Avenue to Fort Fincastle. Carved out of a limestone wall by 18th century slaves, the steps once afforded soldiers protected passage from the fort to the town. Named to...  Read More



The Parish of Christ Church was established in the 1670s, soon after The Bahamas were granted to the Lord Proprietors of Carolina by the English with the mandate to establish churches in the islands. This is the fifth church to be on this or...  Read More

Fort Fincastle and Water Tower
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Near the top of the Queen's Staircase at the highest point of the island stand the ruins of Fort Fincastle, built by Governor Lord Dunmore in 1793. Although small and never tested in battle, the fort provided an excellent vantage point for the...  Read More

Nassau Public Library & Museum


The Nassau Public Library and Museum building dates to the late 1790s when it was constructed as a jail. The octagonal design provided for eight individual cells on each of the first two floors, with each cell having the luxury of a window which...  Read More

Parliament Square


Centrally located in downtown Nassau, Parliament Square is the traditional center for government in the Bahamas. The pastel-hued buildings are good examples of colonial architecture from the early 1800s. Clustered around a marble statue of Queen...  Read More

Government House
Photo courtesy of Patrick Sahuquet


Overlooking Nassau from its elevated position, this has been the official residence of the Governor General of The Bahamas since 1801. The architecture of the impressive pink and white mansion blends island and American colonial influences, and...  Read More