"Par-la-Ville Park" # 5 Queen Elizabeth Park aka Par-La-Ville Park Tip by starship

Though Par-la-Ville Park is prominently featured on any good map of Bermuda, we did not make it a priority to see when we visited Hamilton. Rather it was just good luck that we had the opportunity to visit it when we stopped at the Perot Post Office as it is virtually next door.

There are actually two entrances to the park: enter through the one on Par-la-Ville Road and you?ll pass through Bermuda?s oldest moongate -- be sure to pass through the moongate for good luck; the beautiful, wrought-iron gates leading from Queen Street usher you into the park's peaceful setting with its shade trees, lovely gardens, benches and brick walkways.

The gentle rise and fall of the natural landscape added to the visual appeal of the park and the flowering oleander's light fragrance in the warm air was delightful.

Though only a very short distance from the somewhat hectic Front Street in Hamilton, Par-la-Ville Park is great for those looking for a quick retreat from their normal workday or tourist routine. For those on a budget, bringing a lunch or picnic to this lovely spot is a great idea.

Par-la-Ville Park was once the garden of William Perot, Bermuda?s first postmaster. It's said that Perot?s postal duties though were just a sideline. Gardening was his primary passion. His five-acre garden at Par-la-Ville on Queen Street, Hamilton, where he lived for most of his life, was a horticultural showpiece. Historian Henry C. Wilkinson described it as ?the best in the colony.?

~ A Little More History ~

This garden was planned by William B. Perot who was the first Post Master of Bermuda. On entering the park you will notice the large rubber trees [a giant rubber tree can be seen just near the entrance] which were transported from British Guyana and planted here in 1847! [Son Adolphus sent him the seedling for the Par-la-Ville rubber tree from British Guyana, where he and his brother James had established themselves in business.] In the 1800's, Par-la-Ville Park was an orange-producing orchard. A huge number of crates of oranges happened to be exported to Boston. Over 50 fruit tree specimens were planted here.

I have tried to research whether the garden today was originally the site of a quarry as the history concerning the building of the Most Holy Trinity Cathedral mentions its building block limestone as coming from Par-la-ville Quarry. [This would be a history similar to Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, BC Canada if it was indeed the case.]

Directions: Between Queen Street and Par-La-Ville Road
Website: http://www.bermuda4u.com/sights/par-la-ville-park/

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  • Updated Jan 17, 2013
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