Spooky season is upon us, and of course we’re giving you the best of what a Turks and Caicos Halloween has to offer. Not up for dressing in costumes? Don’t worry! We’ve got a list of the must-see places to visit across the islands if you want to set yourself up for a good fright.
The Cheshire Hall Medical Centre
So follow my logic here – Cheshire Hall (the plantation, not the area) is located a mere few minutes from the hospital. Cheshire Hall is said to have been quite a large plantation. However, only a percentage of it is accessible today. Furthermore, the accessible areas were primarily the living quarters and work areas of its residents. This may lead you to wonder, “where did they bury their dead?” Well, this article is going to show just how often ancient burial grounds become space for new development. (i.e. The Cheshire Hall Medical Centre!)
Ianthe Pratt Primary School
Following this thought of areas where people were once buried being haunted, I have been told that IPPS has had its fair share of spooky happenings. Yes – more than just turning off the bathroom lights and yelling Bloody Mary or Candyman in the mirror. (I can’t be the only one who did that in primary school.) But there have been reports of missing items and doors opening unexpectedly. Now, mind you, this is information from past students. So, who knows, maybe the ghosts have graduated on to newer things as well.
Now, this is a personal opinion, but have you ever passed the post office at night? Those lights outside are usually flickering like a disco, and it is absolutely creepy. Perhaps there is no ghost and there’s some logical explanation behind this, but regardless, I’m never going there at night.
Listen, I went to this spot during broad daylight and still got scared out of my mind. So can you imagine the ghoulish occurrences at night? I don’t have a clue what the legend is behind why Government House is so scary, but they used to hold church summer camps there (and we all know summer camps are peak areas for the supernatural).
The White House
This building has been around since the early 1800s. So you just know that there has to be some spooky happenings going on in there. When I last visited Salt Cay, I essentially trespassed onto every spooky piece of property there. However this one is the only one I couldn’t get into. I am partially convinced that it’s because no one wants to let out whatever or whoever is in there. Nonetheless, the facts are this: at minimum, three people have died there and the place was erected prior to the Slave Emancipation Act, so who knows what heinous crimes were committed there.
Wade’s Green Plantation
For reference, in my humble opinion, all plantations are haunted. However, this one definitely has some extra spiritual protection around it. Considering that it is the best surviving loyalist plantation in the entire Caribbean and I’m sure there have been more than enough natural disasters in North Caicos since 1798 when it was established; there can only be one explanation: the spirits are protecting the place. Have you ever entered an area and felt like something was just watching you? Yea, that area is Wade’s Green.
The whole island… (I’m serious)
If you’re from North and this offends you, I ask that you please stand down. I have asked a variety of Green Corn folk of all ages about what is haunted in North Caicos and they all said the entire island. From ghosts in the air at night, to them taking a leisurely (yet lifeless) stroll on the beach, the overarching message is that the whole place is haunted.
Does this really need any explanation? Bambarra is the one settlement in the TCI with an African Name, likely given by the slaves who were brought there. Furthermore, have you ever seen a bottle of Bambarra Rum? It literally boasts of being “the spirit of the Turks and Caicos,” and what’s featured on the bottles? Jumbees. If there is an area to go to for haunted happenings in Middle Caicos, Bambarra is definitely the place to be.
District Commissioner’s House
A decaying body was literally found here. Need I say more? This place wreaks of ghostly vibes.
Yes, the official home of the Governor is haunted. I can attest to this, having gone camping when I was younger on Governor’s Beach right outside the wall of Waterloo. I remember stories of creepy ladies walking around and the vibe of the whole place basically screams “Get Out”.
The building is 206 years old and was named after the Battle of Waterloo. If all that isn’t a “Welcome Here” sign for ghosts, then I don’t know what is.
Waterloo has been in TCI for many pivotal events, such as us hopping hands from Jamaica, to The Bahamas and back to England, to marches on political reform by the Junkanoo Club. The place has seen it all, and when you have that much history attached to a building, there’s almost no need to mention that it also stands on a burial ground as additional reason why it’s haunted.
Up until this past weekend, I had never noticed this small island sitting right in the middle of the salina. Once used as the location of the Ex-Servicemen Legion’s building, most people only visited Over Island on Armistice Day, when the Ex-Servicemen would lay a wreath to commemorate the end of World War I. The rest of the year? Over Island is known as the place where more than enough bodies are buried, and as such, the sighting of a spirit or two appears to be expected.
East Tar Road, towards Public Cemetery
I don’t know how true this story is, but legend has it that my grand-uncle was driving down East Tar Road and noticed a young man walking down the street with a guitar in his hand. The young man flagged him down and asked for a ride north. My uncle obliged and allowed him to get in. On the drive up north, the young man began to play a beautiful melody and my uncle told him that he was a great player. The young man responded, “If you think I’m great now, you should’ve heard me when I was still alive”. When my uncle fully registered what the young man said, he looked over and the young man was gone, disappeared without a trace (as ghosts usually do, of course).
Have any spooky stories or places to add to the list? Let’s hear ’em!