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Hartford Cave

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Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
An aerial view of Hartford Cave
People entering Hartford Cave from the beach
View of the beach and water from inside Hartford Cave
Rock windows inside Hartford Cave
One of the caverns inside Hartford Cave
People and dogs standing on rocks inside one of the caverns inside Hartford Cave
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
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This protected historical site of The Bahamas was discovered by Rum Cay residents, who would go there to collect bat droppings for use as fertilizer. They sometimes found utensils like clay plates, cups, and bowls underneath the rich carpet of guano, which were later found to be Lucayan-Arawak in origin.

The walls of the cave are decorated with ancient petroglyphs from the Lucayan-Arawak Indians, said to be the largest number of such rock art within The Bahamas archipelago.

Hours Open: Dawn to Dusk

Time Period Represented: A.D. 600-1500

Seasons Open: Year Round

Visitor Fees: There is no fee to access the cave, but it is recommended that you visit with a guide. Price is negotiable.

Accessibility Notes

This site might not be suitable for persons with mobility impairments and those in wheelchairs. Access is by boat from the water onto sand, or via four-wheel drive vehicle over rugged terrain.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are allowed, but must be controlled.

For More Information, Contact:

Rum Cay District Council
King Street, General Delivery, Port Nelson, RC
(242) 331-2854

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Latitude: 23.679180000
Longitude: -74.831806000
Elevation: 20 FT (6 M)
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