Historical Hope Town

Hope Town was founded in 1785 by Wyannie Malone, a widow from South Carolina who traveled with her four children for safe refuge after the American Revolution. There are still many descendants of the Malone family residing in Hope Town to this day.

Hope Town was known as a sleepy village, with fishing and shipwreck salvaging as its source of income. Its village, now known as “Town”, comprised of quaint and colonial houses. This style of architecture has been preserved over the years, and many houses hold decades of history. These homes now line the settlement’s narrow streets. The use of transportation is not allowed within the settlement of Hope Town, rather it is encouraged to explore the town by foot or bicycle.

The Elbow Reef Lighthouse was constructed in 1862 as a landmark to assist captains on their voyages. It is famously identified as the “candy-striped” lighthouse, with red and white lining its appearance. Hope Town’s lighthouse is one of the last operational kerosene-fueled lighthouse in the world. It is a manual lighthouse, meaning it has to be hand cranked every several hours to maintain its sequence of five white flashes every fifteen seconds. This famous landmark has been preserved and cherished for over a century.

Hope Town has remained a quaint and laidback community to this day. Over the years, Hope Town has become a sought-after vacation spot because of its picturesque appearance, as well as its historical features. Its friendly locals, beautiful beaches, and remote location has made it a family favorite destination, and is truly a special place for all.