Nature's Little Secrets - Part 3
This third segment of our ongoing series of some of the "less visited locations" here in the British Virgin Islands is a real unpolished gem.
To paraphrase the Michelin Guide, this site is "worth the journey." The Dungeon at Pockwood Pond
This ruined fort, visible from the the Sir Francis Drake Highway, the main road, heading west just after Nanny Cay is a real gem. Though locally known as The Dungeon, the official name is Fort Purcell. Built by the Dutch either in late 16th or early 17th century, it was restored and used by the privateer Jost Van Dyke round 1625-26. Additionally, the fort was occupied and utilized by the English at various times.
Of particular interest are the original period etchings carved into the wall of the actual prison cell. Images of a large schooner as well a lady in a dress of the period, along with a drawing of an officer in a long coat are show. There is no doubt that there were battles found at this location due to the number of cannonballs, bullets, and roundballs that have been found here....Adjacent and behind the main fort are barracks and cisterns to support a relatively large contingent of soldiers.
Over the years, public efforts have been made to preserve the fort, and it is hoped that one day this special site will soon become an official National Park. For detailed instructions on how to visit The Dungeon/Fort Purcell, contact the BVI Tourist Board
..... to be continued