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Savannah Sound

Community, Village or Town

This relatively small settlement is situated 16 miles east of Governor's Harbour, between Palmetto Point and Tarpum Bay. It was named "Windermere" during its early days, and was given the name Savannah Sound, because of the large Savannah (grassy, flat area) found in the eastern section of the settlement and the Sound on the northeastern side. The wells of the Savannah supplied the entire settlement with fresh water back in the day, although most homes had a rainwater tank.

Today, privately-owned Windermere Island adjoins the settlement, connected by a short bridge built by former owner, Lord Trefgarne. It offers solitude, a stunning five-mile long beach, and a protective reef just offshore teeming with fish and exotic marine life. The island has become a retreat for a number of celebrity visitors, and Savannah Sound has become known for great bonefishing because of its extensive flats and fish-rich waters.

History

This was one of the first settlements in The Islands of The Bahamas, and it is believed that some of the early Eleutheran Adventurers settled here. Initially, it was multinational, comprised of Europeans (Whites), Indians, and a number of brown-skinned or colored folk with African origins. Bahamian family names originating out of Savannah Sound's past include the Clarkes, Culmers, Coopers, Gibsons, Johnsons, Sands, and Thompsons.

Savannah Sound is well known for the number of teachers and musicians it produced, and could always be relied on to provide teachers for The Bahamas. Many schools in New Providence are named after natives of Savannah Sound who were great educators, such as C.I. Gibson, C.W. Sawyer, Thelma Gibson, plus Timothy Gibson, a teacher and songwriter, who wrote several songs about The Bahamas, including the National Anthem, "March on Bahamaland."