Ricketts, Banana Island

Said to be named after Major H.J. Ricketts who, after retiring from the army, worked in the Liberated African Department of Sierra Leone. He founded numerous villages for liberated Africans though he later fled Sierra Leone due to unpopularity with the local population.

Ricketts was founded in 1830 and by 1847 had grown to a population of 300. It takes a small effort to get to, but it’s worth it. You can reach the island either by taking a boat to Dublin Island and walking the trail, or by taking a boat directly to our village from the mainland. Ricketts also has beautiful old churches.