Harbour Island is famous for its three-mile-long pink sand beach and the colonial-style settlement of Dunmore Town, with its pretty pastel gingerbread houses and white picket fences. Many of the island's 1700-era houses date back to post-and-beam construction without the use of nails, and many have been painstakingly kept up or restored. It's a stunningly lovely town to walk about and enjoy.
As far as its official beginnings, Harbour Island was settled about 1650 when a band of privateers and ministers fleeing religious persecution in England and Bermuda established an independent government here. Captain William Sayle (a former governor of Bermuda) obtained a charter for the colony from Britain, and was one of its leaders. Autonomy was short-lived, for in