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Culture and architecture in Barbados

In Barbados you will find lots of architecture from the British colonial period. Among them are stately plantation mansions and Chattel Houses, the last one were intended for slaves.

There are several well-preserved and restored plantation houses and villas on the Caribbean island of Barbados. These buildings contain not only a lot of history from the outside, the interior of these buildings is usually even more beautiful and contains a lot of history. At this places you can see how great land owner and rich businessman formerly lived on the Caribbean island of Barbados and other Caribbean islands.

George Washington House Barbados

The George Washington House in Barbados is named after the former president of the United States of America. In 1751 George Washington spent about 2 months in Barbados and it is the only house outside the U.S. where George Washington stayed.

The property: The George Washington House Barbados was restored in 2006 and is now open for public visitors. The tour begins with a short film and starts at the ground floor of the George Washington House. This house is very nicely furnished and the style is equal to the style of stately homes at the time of George Washingtons stay.

Website: George Washington House - Barbados
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 16.30 h
Address & location:
Bush Hill, The Garrison, St. Michael
(south west of Barbados / Bridgetown)
Tel: (246) 228-5461
E-mail: dvedwards@georgewashingtonbarbados.org

The Barbados Parliament Building

The Parliament in Barbados is in operation since 1639. That makes it to one of the 3 oldest parliaments in the British Commonwealth. The Parliament building in Bridgetown was built from local coral stone.

Website: Barbados Parliament
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Tel: (246) 427-2019
(Location: At the end of broad street in the middle of Bridgetown)

Fisherpond Great House in Barbados

Fisherpond The Great House is surrounded by stately gardens and the main house is furnished with selected antiques.
Hopeland, St. Philip
Tel: (246) 433-1754

St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados

St. Nicholas Abbey is a sugar cane plantation, with a stately main house which is beautifully restored. Around the house there are beautiful gardens (you will find pictures and more information on the website of St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados). You can buy rum of St. Nicholas Abbey directly at the abbey. If you want to, even with a personal dedication or your own name on it.

Website: St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados
Opening hours:
Sunday - Friday: 10.00 - 15.30 h
Cherry Tree Hill, St. Peter
Tel: (246) 422-8725
E-mail: heritagetourism@stnicholasabbey.com

Codrington College Barbados

The story: The Codrington College in Barbados was founded in 1702 by Christopher Codrington (1668-1710). After his death, Christopher Codrington bequeathed his College to a religious community. Only the south wing of the originally four planned wings was realized. Today the college is used among others by the University of the West Indies. It contains the oldest seminary of the western hemisphere.

The property: The main access road is an alley which consists of majestic cabbage palms. The college has a nice park with a small lake and you will find a natural trail in the back end. You can visit the chapel of the college, the hall and outside areas of the estate.

Website: Codrington College Barbados
Address & location:
(eastern part of Barbados)
College Land
Sargeant Street, St. John
Tel: (246) 423-1140
E-mail: codrington@sunbeach.net