Whether you’re running the 26.1 miles of Marathon Bahamas this Sunday, or are just going to stand along the route and cheer on a friend or family member, we thought we would point out three real estate landmarks that you’ll find along the Marathon Bahamas route.
1. The Vendue House
Located on Bay Street, Vendue House is now known as the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation. You’ll find this light pink building fronting right on Bay Street within the first two miles of the marathon route. The Vendue House was originally found on site maps of Bay Street in 1769. Originally a single story building, it was actually constructed in the 1800s with its main purpose as an auction house for many different things, the most infamous being human beings. The building was later renovated to two stories and the Telegraph, Telephone and Electrical Department moved into the second floor. However, when the department moved out in the 1990’s, the Government restored the building into the Pompey Museum, naming it after a slave who led a revolt against moving to a plantation in the Exumas.
2. The Magna Carta Court
Located on the corner of Shirley Street and Parliament Street is the Magna Carta Court Building. Dressed in red shutters and constructed out of stone and wood, this historic landmark has been standing since the 1780s. This building acted as a home for many people such as Robert Duncombe, a Loyalist, David Rogers, a settler, and Aaron Dixon, a Scot, between the years 1785 to 1802. Dixon unfortunately passed away in 1809, but left plans of the building to become a residence for the education of fatherless children. Sitting on the same corner since the 1780’s, it now houses the law firm of E. Dawson Roberts and Company.
3. The Hog Island Lighthouse
One of the oldest and most recognizable lighthouses in the Bahamas, the Hog Island Lighthouse marks the northwestern entrance of the Nassau Harbour. Though marathon runners will not be running directly past this landmark, as soon as they finish the race they’ll be able to look across the harbor to Paradise Island at this iconic landmark. Built between the years 1816 and 1817, the Hog Island Lighthouse was used for helping ships and marine navigators into the Nassau Harbour at night. Runners will “see the light at the end of the tunnel” when crossing the finish line.
A. The Caves on West Bay Street- stop by for some shade.
B. The Sapodilla Estate on West Bay Street- throw on your fine threads and enjoy some delicious well deserved dining post-race.
C. Fort Montague on East Bay Street- catch your breath here and some island breeze.
D. Fort Charlotte on West Bay Street- right across the street you can grab a conch salad at Arawak Cay to put some pep in your step.
E. Nassau Public Library on Shirley Street- built between 1798 and 1799, race watchers can read a classic or check out a best seller, while they wait for entrants to complete the next 20 miles!
We want to wish good luck to all the runners and for those who are not running come out and support those who will be!
Morley Realty Limited is located in the third mile, so whether or not you’re the first in the race, if you’re the first person to tag us in a picture on Instagram, we’ll e-mail you a prize!
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