Cultural and Heritage Development - CHD

 

Rationale

There is a belief that in Eleuthera’s past lies its future. Eleuthera is home to many cultural and heritage assets that have assisted in sustaining its image and significance in Bahamian history. From art and oral traditions to historic dwellings and natural caves, these lend to a culture that has seen a diverse set of people and economic activities over 1600 years. 

Goals

One Eleuthera and its partners will seek to brand Eleuthera as a cultural and heritage destination. We seek to enhance our historic features to better serve special interest tourists.

Purpose

As strengthening our local communities is one of our core principals, we feel that in order to do this we have to assess our heritage and assign to them the recognition they deserve.

 

Projects

Ocean Hole Revitalization

Initiative: 
Cultural and Heritage Development - CHD
Rationale: 

Ocean Hole is a large, circular, inland blue hole located in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas. Approximately one mile from the ocean, it is one of Eleuthera’s most famous landmarks, teeming with several different types of fish that was stocked many years ago by fisherman. Locals believe that this mystical body of water is bottomless and has healing powers.  The hole was once explored by Jacque Cousteau, a former winter resident of Eleuthera. In the mid-1950’s to early 1970’s it was a well-established park that was used by both locals and visitors alike. 

Ocean Hole has been a source of recreation and education for locals and visitors for a long time. Teachers occasionally take their students here on field trips as a part of learning about history and science as well as for recreational activities. The Park is sometimes used for community events such as Junkanoo Summer which was held in August of this year. Residents and visitors frequent the hole to feed the fish, dive off of its cliffs and/or take in its beauty while dipping their feet in its waters. 

Purpose: 

Continue the development of Ocean Hole as a recreational and educational park  and as a site for visitors and events while maintaining and protecting its natural and historic features.

Approach: 

Ocean Hole’s existing infrastructure will be upgraded and additional amenities added to include a retail space for local Art & Craft vendors, signage, decks, waste management and safety features. Finally, the public will be encouraged to utilize this space to learn about various plant and animal species, swim, relax, host wedding receptions, etc. and attend various community events.

Collaborators: 

Ocean Hole Initiative

The Nature Conservancy

Ministry of Tourism

Seacology

Heritage and Conservation Trail

Initiative: 
Cultural and Heritage Development - CHD
Rationale: 

The island of Eleuthera is rich with cultural and natural assets that extend for more than 110 miles. These sites are often under-represented and under-interpreted, and their importance both to the local and global bodies of shared knowledge are often overlooked or downplayed. Many believe that through developing this trail and  by properly protecting and interpreting its assets, the economic basis for Eleuthera’s future will be strengthened.

Purpose: 

The purpose of this project is to ultimately strengthen our local communities and develop our true assets. This would in turn lead to the attraction of more heritage tourism to Eleuthera.

Approach: 

Each site will receive temporary signage to outline our intent. We will outline our comprehensive plan and opportunities for partnering with us here on our website.

Collaborators: 

Our partners and collaborators will include the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, The Bahamas National Trust, BREEF, Coastal Awareness, The Government of The Bahamas, MoT, The Nature Conservancy, Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center, Governor’s Harbour Heritage Trust, UMass Amherst Center for Heritage & Society, North Eleuthera Historical Society, and The Island School.

Associated Member Groups: 
Center for Heritage & Society
Island Journeys
Eleuthera Arts & Cultural Center
Bahamas National Trust (BNT)
Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF)

A Shared Vision

The Shared Vision for South Eleuthera, which was first commissioned by Friends of Lighthouse Point to develop a sustainable plan for Lighthouse Point and other special heritage and conservation sites on Eleuthera, inspired the formation of One Eleuthera.

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