Wades Green was established as a cotton plantation by loyalist Wade Stubbs in 1789. The land was granted to Wade Stubbs by the then reigning monarch of Britain, King George III, as compensation for losses incurred during the American War of Independence.
During the plantation era, slavery was legal in British territories and many of the plantations in the British West Indies were worked by slave labor, and Wades Green was no exception. Records show that the first slaves in the Turks and Caicos were African slaves brought over from Bermuda in the later 1700s, and that the majority of subsequent slaves came with British Loyalists from America after the revolution. In 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act was made law by the British Parliament and slavery became illegal in most British territories, including the British West Indies. The descendants of these slaves make up the core of the native Turks and Caicos Islanders.
Due to the limited number of visitors to Wade’s Green, regular daily operating hours are not kept. The usual opening times are 8:00AM to 10:00AM and 1:30PM to 3:30PM, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but the site will be opened at other times if you call ahead to the TCI National Trust or one of the local tour guides.
Tickets and a printed guide are available for purchase at the TCI National Trust office nearby in the village of Kew. The current ticket price is five dollars per person. Typical visits to Wade’s Green Plantation take one to two hours.
No restrooms, shop, or office is onsite.
General information for the Key area:
This small village is found on the interior southwest of North Caicos and is one of the four main settlements on the island along with Bottle Creek, Whitby, and Sandy Point.