Many of the Belongers who live on these islands are descendants of slaves brought here by British Loyalists in the 18th century to build and work vast cotton plantations. Cheshire Hall was built by a Loyalist named Wade Stubbs from Cheshire County, England. He and his brother William grew sea-island cotton on thousands of acres of land until the crop was exhausted in the early 19th century. The ruins of the Great House sit atop a lush, overgrown hill, surrounded by the crumbling remains of outbuildings, once-bustling engines to the cotton trade. The Turks & Caicos National Trust runs guided tours Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4pm; call to arrange a tour.