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Cholera Graveyard

Cemetery
Entrance to the Cholera Graveyard on Elbow Cay, The Abacos – Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

In the 1850's, a dark cloud covered the community of Hope Town when residents were exposed to the Cholera epidemic. This highly contagious and incurable disease spread rapidly throughout the community resulting in 100 lives being lost. Although grief stricken by the tragic lost, the community rallied together and assigned a burial site for their loved ones.

Today, the graveyard remains in existence at its original site, but with no gravestones marking the graves. Preserving this part of their history allows visitors and locals to pay their respects to the lives lost. You can pick up a booklet with information at the location and also get some historical facts at Vernon's Grocery Store in Hope Town.

Accessibility Notes

It is accessible by ferry from the mainland. Persons who are physically challenged or in wheelchairs should have no difficulty getting around the site, but should be careful in rocky areas.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are allowed but should be controlled.

Time Period Represented

Mid 1800s

Hours

7 days a week

Seasons Open

Year Round

Pricing

None