Grand Turk Comes Alive
By the mid-1800s Grand Turk was in a population boom. Government was stable and the salt business was prosperous.
Much of Grand Turk’s remarkable waterfront architectural landscape was created during this time.
Beautiful homes for prosperous families were being built on Duke, Front, and Middle Streets. The feeling that anything was possible pervaded the islands.
Enterprising business people were trying their hand at new industries such as sisal production, sponge harvesting, and in the Caicos Islands, guano mining. But Grand Turk was the center of all activity and the government center in the islands.It was during this Golden Age that Jeremiah Murphy and his brothers came to the islands and the iconic Grand Turk lighthouse was built to warn the increasing numbers ships of reefs and danger. The island buzzed with ideas and activity. The decline of the salt industry, among other reasons, led to the steady decline of Grand Turk after WWI.To learn more about the historic Grand Turk, visit the Museum or take a walking tour of some of the remaining historic buildings.