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WHAT OUR VISITORS SAY

“Today’s traveler is increasingly looking for experiences which allow them to see, touch, feel and taste the uniqueness of their destination. Nettie has captured the richness of the Bahamian experience at Nettie’s Cultural Centre” 

Frank Comito 
CEO & Director General
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association  

Dear Nettie,
This is amazing!
You are one of a kind, someone who should be emulated and celebrated by everyone, young or old, men or women, Bahamian or any citizen of the world.
The Bahamas is better because of you, and therefore the slogan: “It is better in the Bahamas” is partly reflective of you!  

Giora Israel 
Senior Vice President
Global Port and Destination Development
Carnival Corporation & PLC

“Ms. Nettie Symonette has created a national gem with her Cultural Retreat. It engenders a strong sense of Bahamian pride to walk through, see, touch and experience indigenous Bahamian trees, herbs and spices,
Bahamian art work and the use of Bahamian natural resources in everyday amenities. We expect that the Cultural Retreat will become the center for teaching and sharing ‘all things Bahamian’.”  

Dr. Rodney D. Smith, 
President of the University of the Bahamas  

There is no place in Nassau more authentically Bahamian in history and in culture than Different of Nassau, which is why it has been our home in the Caribbean for six years!!!! When people ask why, we tell them about the genius of Nettie Symonette-- griot, historian, and artist who speaks Bahamian truths with clarity, love and brilliance. She is the reason we are counting the days until we return home in March 2016!

Gloria Wade Gayles, Ph.D.
Founder/Director
SIS Oral History Project
and RESONANCE in LEADS Spelman College
Atlanta, Georgia
Founding Director, The SIS Oral History
The Center for Leadership and Civic
Engagement

There is no place in Nassau more authentically Bahamian in history and in culture than Different of Nassau, which is why it has been our home in the Caribbean for six years!!!! When people ask why, we tell them about the genius of Nettie Symonette-- griot, historian, and artist who speaks Bahamian truths with clarity, love and brilliance. She is the reason we are counting the days until we return home in March 2016!

Alice Langford,
Owner/Principal, Tambearly School

My visit to the Nettie Symonette museum took me back to my childhood seventy years ago. This was during or just after the war when we ground corn for grits on an old fashioned rotary hand mill and buttered it with a white compound that looked like lard mixed with an orange powder that came in the same package.

Seeing the sheep and goats reminded me of the pitcher of goat milk on our table every morning. After I began working I continued drinking goat milk which was produced at the monastery. I still drink goat milk today.

Global warming has definitely taken a toll. Growing up I remember in the winter, the islands were much colder than they are now. The ducks reminded me of the flocks of ducks from the north flying over every evening before sunset. Every country should have a museum like this to remind them of their roots.

Rupert Roberts
Super Value