The die was cast in 1950 when a Canadian, Randolph Johnston. and longtime professor at Smith College in Northhampton, Mass, pulled anchor and headed south in his schooner, the Langosta. Accompanying him was his wife Margot their daughter Marina, and three sons, Bill, Pete and Denny. His mission was to escape the "megamachine and continue his work on an island destination to be determined.
It was May 1952 he and his family stepped ashore in Little Harbour. "There is no sign of man except the distant roof of the Little Harbour Light. he wrote in his Log. "to the west were sheltering "high, verdant cliffs, pierced by numerous caves. It was in those caves they he and his family settled along with bats and land crabs the size of a footballs. They built thatched hut and eventually came their home and foundry. Later, Pete started his pub and the rest is history.
At the right is the (out of print) illustrated book Johnston wrote of his and early family life living in the caves (shown on cover). Copies can still be found on eBay and in Hope Town gift shops.
Little Harbour is 30 miles south of Marsh Harbour, on Abacos mainland, off the Great Abaco Highway, However getting there is much more fun by boat than car. And the caves very difficult to access except with a boat. This writer visited those caves on his first boat trip in 1992 just prior to the passing of the senior Johnston. The caves still remain of course, but natural growth has obscured them somewhat since that visit.