AUTHORS • ATHLETES • ARTISTS
Books, New and Notable
The unfolding history of the Town of St. George is seen through the eyes of the
inhabitants of Tucker House in a book
published recently by the Bermuda Na-
tional Trust— Tucker House: ;e Story
of a House, Its People & Its Contents.
;e museum focuses on Henry
Tucker and his family, who lived at the
house on Water Street in St. George
from 1775 until 1807, but Tucker
House has been home to many other interesting people and the book
also tells their story.
;e house was built in the mid-eighteenth century for Captain
;omas Smith, a ship owner and merchant. It had a clear view of the
harbour, and the captain and his family lived upstairs over spacious
cellars. St. George was then Bermuda’s only town, its seat of govern-
ment and a busy port. Henry Tucker, a;er whom the house was later
named, was a leading administrator in the island’s colonial government.
He lived there during the time of the American Revolution and the so-
called Gunpowder Plot and made several additions to the house.
Enslaved members of the household worked and most probably lived
in the detached rear kitchen as well as in the cellar kitchen added by the
Tuckers, now the site of the Archaeology Exhibit. Mary Harvey, widow
of eccentric lawyer Benjamin Dickinson Harvey, owned the house
in 1834 when Bermuda’s slaves were emancipated. Her unmarried
daughter, Althea, lived there during the American Civil War, which saw
St. George turned into a bustling boom town. It was at this time that
Joseph Rainey, who later became the ;rst African-American to serve
in the US House of Representatives, ran a barber shop in the former
;e Bermuda Historical Monuments Trust, forerunner of the
Bermuda National Trust, bought the property on the eve of the Second
World War from 80-year-old Emma Boggs, who had lived there without electricity since the age of 17. ;e Monuments Trust opened the
house as a museum in 1953.
Tucker House: ;e Story of a House, Its People & Its Contents was
researched and written by Diana Chudleigh. Contemporary photographs
were taken by Ann Spurling, and the book was designed and laid out by
Dace McCoy Ground. Funding for its printing was provided by David
and Joy Tucker. ;e 68-page book is available for $10 at Tucker House
and the Globe Hotel in St. George and at Waterville in Paget.
The fourth edition of Moon Ber- muda, written by Bermudian Rosemary Jones and published
by Avalon Travel of Berkeley, California,
has been released. ;e 368-page, full-colour title—which has sold 20,000 guides
or e-books since the fall of 2006—is
available in Bermuda and throughout
North America and Europe via online
booksellers and major bookstores.
“I feel very privileged as a Bermudian
to have the opportunity to highlight the island’s spectacular o;erings
via this international product,” says Jones, a journalist and author, director of Brimstone Media Ltd., and communications manager for the
Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA).
“As a born-and-bred local, I’m able to o;er what almost no other
mass-market Bermuda guidebooks can—authentic ‘insider’ knowledge
about the island, its people, its best attractions, and the elements we, as
islanders, are proudest of.”
;e updated fourth edition is the ;rst Moon Bermuda to feature
full-colour photographs throughout, most images shot by Jones—with
a few by her 14-year-old son, Gabriel.
“Since its launch in 2006, I’ve updated this guide every three years
and am always impressed by the evolution of our tourism product,”
Jones says. “But this time has seen the biggest wholesale revamp of
Bermuda’s o;erings and general cohesion and attitude, in my opinion.
;e impetus of the upcoming America’s Cup, major reinvestment by
hoteliers, new restaurants, and a reinvigorated spirit of entrepreneurship
among Bermudians—I think there’s never been a better time for visitors
to come and experience the island.”
;e latest Moon Bermuda guide o;ers itineraries geared to romantic get-
aways or kid-friendly holidays, extreme sports suggestions, as well as parish-
by-parish tours and detailed contextual background on everything from
Bermuda’s history and government to its economy and ;ora and fauna.
“As Bermudians, we know our favourite ;sh sandwich, the coolest
sunset cocktails, where to go cli;-jumping or to buy ;ip-;ops, what to
do over Cup Match, that North Rock has some of the most eye-popping snorkelling,” says Jones. “;ese are the highlights I’ve tried to emphasise, so visitors can experience the real Bermuda—the way we do.”
Moon Bermuda is available at Bermuda Bookstore and at all major
North American, UK and European booksellers, as well as online retailers
Tucker House Moon Bermuda