A rambling 1725 homestead set on parkland that curls around the foot of the harbor, Waterville (corner of The Lane and Pomander Rd., tel. 441/236-6483, www.bnt.bm, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., admission free) is the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust. Its elegant Georgian proportions ensure the building’s status as a listed property, and stepping inside makes for instant time travel back to the 18th century. Originally a private home, Waterville belonged to the Trimingham family and later was the site of the first Trimingham’s (the legendary but now defunct Front Street department store).
Somber oil portraits grace the walls in the lounge and dining room near the trellised entrance, and antiques, china, and a grandfather clock carry visitors back to early Bermuda.
Waterville’s gardens and surrounding park are even more stunning. A landmark tamarind tree blew down in 2003’s Hurricane Fabian, but the Heritage Rose Garden, established in 1988 by the Bermuda Rose Society and showcasing many old Bermuda varieties, lights up the front lawn with color.
Waterville Park includes Duck Island, a low, mangrove-covered islet where herons and waterfowl nest and ducks alight on the boats moored at Foot of the Lane. Neighborhood boaters access their vessels via this park, making it a hive of activity on summer weekends. A dirt path winds through thick cherry hedges along the waterfront and past an old horse-watering station to the main road sidewalk.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition