Gilbert Nature Reserve and Springfield
Gilbert Nature Reserve is located on the Somerset Road of Somerset Village in Sandy's. This is now a property of Bermuda National Trust which acquired the reserve in 1973. This is a wonderful 5 acres of forest area full with trees and shrubs.
As you walk through the trail, you can see excellent cedar trees at the north-eastern part of the reserve. There are paths from the reserve that lead to the famous Bermuda Railway Trail
There is an excellent old mansion here adjacent to the reserve known as the Springfield which was built around 1740s. You should get inside and experience a great example of Bermuda's plantation type architecture.
There is a buttery in the outhouse (something like a pantry where drinks and food were prepared), which is supposed to be the most photographed one in the island. You can also see the slave quarters (remember during those days slavery in Bermuda
was widely prevalent).
Today Springfield mansion has become the Sandy's Community Center. The Gilbert Reserve and Springfield are open from dawn to dusk. You can simply walk in, there is no admission fee.
Gilbert Nature Reserve
Location and Contacts
29 Somerset Road, Somerset. Phone (Springfield): 441/236-6483
Bus Routes: #7, #8 (operating between dockyard and Hamilton)
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