Cottage, Mahaicony

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Children disembarking a bus after arriving from school

A friendly little village in Mahaicony situated approximately 51 kilometres from Georgetown, Cottage is a haven to its more than 250 residents, whose foreparents reportedly took up residence there in the mid-1800s.

Cottage was once a cotton plantation, a few persons claimed, and some of the early families were the Chichesters, the Bynoes, the Washingtons, the Chisholms, the Nelsons, the Byrnes and the Duncans. Today, the people in Cottage get by through rice farming, gold mining and cattle rearing.

Some of the villagers were out and about chatting, while others were busy in their farms or herding their cattle. One man, noticing my presence, asked if I was lost and needed his help. Informed of the reason for my visit, he directed me to his residence where ducks swam out front in the drain. His wife, Patricia Chichester, sat on a bench beneath their house surrounded by cows, sheep, chickens, dogs and more ducks.

Patricia Chichester has ….

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