Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Governor's Place - Plantation House, St Helena

Recently opened for tours, Plantation House is the Governor's official residence on St. Helena.

Originally built by the British East India Company, it is beautiful residence in the hinterland above Jamestown, with broad ocean views.

Nearby in a dense woodland are the graves of husband and wife plantation workers with some interesting graphics on the headstones...

Beside the beautiful rooms, the library, the Jaguar car in the garage and the obligatory tennis court, Plantation House is also famous as the home of the worlds oldest living creature -  Jonathan the tortoise.

One of several gifted to St Helena by the Governor of the Seychelles, Jonathan's age has been calculated using historical photographs and records, and he is thought to be 187 years old. He is a little slow on his feet these days, and slightly cantankerous as well, but is still a significant island attraction. Long may he reign.

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