Built in 1780, the greathouse is Cayman's oldest stone structure and the only remaining late-18th-century residence on the island. In its capacity as courthouse and jail, it was the birthplace of Caymanian democracy, where in December 1831 the first elected parliament was organized and in 1835 the Slavery Abolition Act signed. The structure still has original or historically accurate replicas of sweeping verandahs, mahogany floors, rough-hewn wide-beam ceilings, outside
louvers, stone and oxblood- or mustard-color lime-wash-painted walls, brass fixtures, and Georgian furnishings (from tea caddies to canopy beds to commodes). Paying obsessive attention to detail, the curators even fill glasses with faux wine. The mini-museum also includes a hodgepodge of displays from slave emancipation to old stamps. The buildings are surrounded by 8 acres of natural parks and woodlands. You can stroll through landscaping of native Caymanian flora and experience one of the most spectacular views on the island from atop the dramatic Great Pedro Bluff. First watch the impressive multimedia theater show, complete with smoking pots, misting rains, and two film screens where the story of Pedro's Castle is presented on the hour. The poignant Hurricane Ivan Memorial outside uses text, images, and symbols to represent important aspects of that horrific 2004 natural disaster.
Mar 26, 2004
When we go to GC, we go out to Pedro St. James and take a picnic lunch. Great view no crowd, far from the hustle of 7 mile beach.
Mar 22, 2004
I have been to Pedro St. James twice and LOVED it both times. It's a mix of Disney-esque showmanship, riveting history (this is the place where slavery was outlawed in the Cayman Islands), beautiful house restoration and gorgeous gardens and grounds. Forget Hell and the turtle farm -- Pedro St. James and Seven Mile Beach are the places to go on Grand Cayman!