New Mary’s Point trail almost finished

The new Mary’s Point/Palmetto Point trial is almost finished, Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) reported. Palmetto Point was the first settlement formed in Saba in 1629. The first inhabitants had links to pirates from Jamaica. In the latter part of the 19th century the settlement was re­named Mary’s Point because of a woman named Mary Sim­mons (born Zeegers) who had a large number of children remaining there.

Saba Conservation Foundation’s crew working on the new Mary’s Point/Palmetto Point trail. (SCF photo)

In 1934, due to heavy erosion in the area, residents of Mary’s Point were relocated to the Promised Land. The houses were taken down completely, apart from the basements, and re­built at their new location.

Trail manager James Johnson and the crew at SCF have now built over 200 new steps to the old village. They have sta­bilized the steep slope and taken out large unstable boulders that could have potentially been dangerous to hikers. There will also be a rope railing at the more difficult parts of the trail. The Mary’s Point/Palmetto Point trail will be opened to the public soon.

The Daily Herald.

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