Eleuthera has a rich and fascinating past! There are many sites we recommend visiting for a taste of the island’s history and Preacher’s Cave is one of our favorites. The cave is located at the northernmost tip of Eleuthera, where the island’s first settlers became shipwrecked in 1648.
Captain William Sayles was at the helm of the ship that abruptly hit land. Sayles and the other passengers on board fled England to seek religious freedom but lost everything when their vessel wrecked. They took refuge on this picturesque part of the island and built an alter at the cave in an effort to establish a religious community in the surrounding area.
Unfortunately, the land proved untenable and the settlers soon moved inland. Despite relocating, the settlers continued to visit the cave for religious ceremonies and events. A placard at the entrance of the cave reads, “William Sayle shipwrecked at Devil Backbone found refuge here. Sermons held 100 years.” The cave is a short 30-minute drive north of The Cove and provides a fascinating peek into Eleuthera’s history.
Discover Preacher’s Cave and many more incredible sites on the island by contacting our guest services team to arrange a tour or rent a Jeep Cherokee at the front desk and explore Eleuthera on your own.
Top photo by Mai Pham.