Crooked Tree was founded by the British in the 17th Century as a logging camp for logwood. In the early days, the village was accessible only by boat until the recent construction of the causeway that connects the village to the Northern Highway.
There are several stories circulating about the origin of its name. Many believe it was either named after a large crooked tree at Cadle Bank or after a notorious trio of bandits, "The Crooked Three." Some even say the original name was Tilletton (READ Mr. Hart Tillett's "Crooked Tree--A Short Historical Note” for more on the naming of our village).
Today, the entire island is a wildlife sanctuary run by the Audubon Society. There are over 500 hundred species of birds in the six lagoons around the Crooked Tree area.
The village is also famous for its cashews, as cashew trees are in abundance everywhere. The fruit portion of the produce is used to make wine and preserves, while the kidney-bean shaped seed is used to make cashew nuts and butter. And don't forget, there is also the annual Cashew Festival in May! The festival attracts Crooked Tree natives and visitors alike who come from near and far to join in the celebration. There is food, wine, music and, of course, the fresh cashews for all to enjoy!