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Hope Town

Historic Site or District
Aerial view of Hope Town, Elbow Cay, The Abacos

This settlement (formerly know as Great Harbour) is well known for its attractive candy-striped lighthouse and boat building. The lighthouse, a favorite photo subject now, was quite controversial when it was under construction in 1863 because, up until then, the island’s residents had been making a comfortable living by salvaging ships that wrecked on the offshore reefs.

Hope Town was founded by descendants of the Loyalists in 1785, and there are still many fine examples of Loyalist architecture to be seen. They include Toad Hall, which was constructed in 1880 and restored in in 1975, and Butterfly House, behind which is the burial site of Wyannie Malone Russell and Thomas Russell.

Referred to as the "Hollywood of Abaco," Hope Town hosts a number of events each year that draw crowds from all over ‒ the Hope Town Music Festival, Patrick Davis Songwriters Festival, Hope Town Heritage Day, and Box Cart Derby.

Accessibility Notes

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

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are allowed but should be controlled.

Time Period Represented

Late 1700s to Late 1800s


Seasons Open

Year Round



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