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Clarence Town

Village or Town
This breathtaking view can be observed at the top of the twin towers church.

Clarence Town owes its name to Major Archibald William George Taylor, a Loyalist born in 1808 in North Carolina, U.S.A. He supported England during the American Civil War of Independence, and was granted land on Long Island, which is now all of Clarence Town, naming it after one of his brothers.

Major Taylor was a salt harvester and a farmer during his time on Long Island. Still visible are some canals that were cut out by slaves for saltwater to flow through from the ocean to the salt raking ponds.

Today, there are two beautiful churches here of similar appearance, with their twin towers, both designed by John Hawes, aka "Father Jerome." One is Anglican/Episcopal, named St. Paul's Anglican Church; the other is Roman Catholic, named St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church.

The town also has a marina, two restaurants, a small pub, gas station, police station, post office and community center, there's also the Department of Agriculture which sells locally grown produce and the government dock where the mail boat comes in on a weekly basis.

A small grocery store once located here was destroyed by Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015.

History

Originally, there was a settlement near Clarence Town called Victoria Village, which housed all of the slaves. The oldest plantation was called Pemberton, which was located outside Clarence Town, where many crown lots are now available.