As the Peace & Plenty Club in Great Exuma, the Bahamas, celebrates its 50th anniversary, the hotel also earns a listing on the antiquities registry. The 32-room colonial-style resort was awarded the rare Historical Site antiquity plaque for withstanding the test of time in the Caribbean.
Located in the southeastern Bahamas at George Town, the hotel was built by Lawrence Lewis of Richmond, VA, heir to the Henry Flagler railroad fortune. After purchasing the main building from a local family, Lewis used the property as a private fishing club for his guests. The hand-cut, lime rock blocks later found in the walls suggest that the main lobby and kitchen once housed Bowe’s Tavern, a watering hole and the site of occasional slave auctions. The building subsequently became a sponge warehouse, country store and home to the Minns family. The freestanding cookhouse now serves as the Club’s main bar, called the “Slave Kitchen.” Visit www.peaceandplenty.com.