Sallie Adams McBride – A Passion for Travel
By Susan Clark McBride
In the seventh grade, a young girl living in rural Virginia read an article in the travel section of the Sunday newspaper about the life of a “stewardess.” Intrigued with the possibility, upon graduation from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in the spring of 1949, she applied to and was hired by Pan American Airways. A Spanish major fluent in the language, she completed training, donned a blue uniform, white gloves, and pillbox hat and spent two years flying from the East Coast of the U.S. to and throughout Latin America. Still today, her favorite destinations include Rio and Buenos Aires.
In the 1950s, flight attendants often stopped work when they married, certainly when they had children. So, pregnant with her first child in 1951, she stopped serving Pan Am passengers and doing the work she so enjoyed – but never let go of her love of travel.
Her name is Sallie Adams McBride. She and her husband George are among the original founders and homeowners on Pine Cay. The McBrides also owned and managed the Turks Head Inn on Grand Turk. When not in the Turks and Caicos, which to this day Sallie enjoys for weeks and months at a time, her personal travel adventures have taken her to most every continent, dozens of countries, and almost all 50 states.
Sallie McBride’s childhood may have begun in rural Virginia – but the world soon became her “oyster” or, perhaps, her “conch shell.” If you’re in the Turks and Caicos when Sallie is “a belonger,” be sure to ask her to tell some global adventure stories and tales of decades on Pine Cay. She has much to tell.