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Adderley's Plantation Ruins

Community, Historic Site or District
Aerial Shot of the entire Adderley's Plantation Ruins – Mr. Richard Keyworth

These ruins, located in Stella Maris, are on land reportedly owned by three sisters, descendants of the original Adderley's Plantation family, who presently live in the New York (USA) area.

The plantation was built around 1790, on 700 acres granted to Abraham Adderley; he was a British-born subject with an established business in Nassau on New Providence Island. By 1820, the plantation was enlarged to 2,500 acres by Adderley's son, William. It consisted of cotton and livestock, including sheep, goats, and horses for work and transport.

Various portions of the property were passed on to subsequent generations, until the 1950's, when most of it was sold to German industrialist, Herbet Schnapka. He added this investment to his portfolio, which also included the Grand Bahama Oil Storage Project. Eventually, a concept was established in 1963 for land development, which created today's "Stella Maris Estate."

The Adderley name is very prominent in the northern part of Long Island and across other Bahamian islands. Major family names of its branches are Knowles, Gibson, Simms, Taylor, and Smith, the majority of them living in nearby towns and villages--Burnt Ground, Glintons, Seymour's, Millertons, and Simms. Many of the descendants have been working with and for the Stella Maris Resort Club, Marina, and Estate...already into the second and third generations.

The ruins are located in Stella Maris, through a dirt road off Queen's Highway. There is a sign on the left hand side of the main road that reads 'Adderley Plantation Ruins'. Persons are advised to park on the side of the road and walk through the dirt road that leads to a beach, then continue walking north along the shoreline. There's also a trail of conch shells that leads to the plantation ruins.

Please wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, and closed-in tennis shoes, to avoid rubbing against poison ivy trees.

Accessibility Notes

This site is not recommended for persons who are physically challenged, or those in wheelchairs.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are allowed, but must be controlled.

Time Period Represented

Late 1700's


Seasons Open

Year Round



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