Somers Garden

Somers Garden

Somers Monument

Somers Garden

Named for Sir George Somers, Admiral of the fleet of ships bound for Virginia that wrecked off the reefs of Bermuda in 1609. Somers and the shipwrecked colonists remained on the island for ten months before setting sail for Virginia in two newly built vessels; the Patience and Deliverance. As a reward for his efforts the Crown named the island Somers Isles.

Sir George commanded the ships bound for Jamestown.  Upon their arrival they found the Virginia colonists near starvation. Somers intended to return to Bermuda to collect additional provisions for the Virginians however, he died on the return voyage.  In the event of his death he asked to be buried in Bermuda.

His nephew partially honored the request by taking out Somers heart and entrails and burying it somewhere on the grounds of what is now Somers Garden.  He sent Somers body back to England in a barrel of rum (as there was a superstition about dead bodies aboard ships).  His body is buried in the same church as Saint Witt in England, just outside his hometown of Lyme Regis.