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Then & Now: 1935–1974
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"THERE WAS NO ELECTRICITY AND NO HOT WATER, BUT WE ALL DRESSED FOR DINNER."

1935 Beth and Louis Bigelow of Massachusetts searched the world and found Guana. They spent their first year living in a tent, rowing themselves and their supplies to and from Road Town. With the help of local men they built six stone cottages and developed a reputation as creative pioneers. Their guests?professionals, intellectuals and world travelers?came for months at a time, attracted to the simple but rich life on this special Island where, as one guest has said, ?there was no electricity and no hot water, but we all dressed for dinner.?

Louis Bigelow painted many watercolors which decorate the walls of the Club, reminders that this magical place is essentially unchanged in spirit from its early days.

?Louie and I met in the Soviet Union in the early thirties. We came to believe that there was no form of government we wanted to live under. After we married, we decided to find our own Utopia, for ourselves and our friends. We traveled the world looking for it?and we found Guana." ?Beth Bigelow, Guana Island 1976
   
 
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