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Barbados Open House Programme

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Barbados architecture

A traditional Barbados chattel house

Barbados has a rich history of great houses, plantations, pirate dens and the attractive chattel house of board and shingle, sometimes with ornate trim, which were the homes to the poor. The homes of the island are some of the world's best examples of a period of architecture, dating back to the sixteen century. Rare possessions, mahogany furniture, ornaments, household artifacts, big wheeled buggies, art and sculpture decorate these homes in a unique setting of tropical color and building style. There are many heritage tours which provide a roster of visits of these unique settings.

The Open House Programme is presented each year by the Barbados National Trust and features some of the island's most historic and beautiful private homes. These lovely homes are opened one day a year with the kind permission of the owners.

Sites of architectural interest

Open House Programme

George Washington House, Barbados

The Open Houses Programme is a Winter Season Tradition in Barbados presented by the Barbados National Trust (BNT).  It allows visitors and residents alike access to some of the island's loveliest houses.  Discover more about our island's diverse architecture and history.

The programme includes all types of houses - from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to the newer, luxurious Bajan-style villas.

Grounds and gardens are part of the attraction.  Sip your rum punch in stunning tropical settings.

The BNT sets up a bazaar with books and crafts people.  Refreshments are on sale.
In addition, they provide historical and architectural information which you can take home with you at no additional cost.

At 3:15 pm, short lectures are given by the BNT's experts on heritage.  These are:

Prof Henry Fraser -
a past president of Barbados National Trust and the author of 'Historic Houses of Barbados' and 'Treasures of Barbados.'

Dr Karl Watson - BNT's current president and the editor of the journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society. He is also the author of the forthcoming book 'History of the Sephardic Jews of Barbados.'

The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to preserve our unique heritage - be it historic buildings, place of natural beauty or out flora and fauna.

It's a very active Trust and was recently successful in achieving UNESCO International Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Garrison.

2014 Programme
2014January15Open House: Clifton Hall Great House, St. John
2014January22Open House: Colleton House, St. Peter
2014January29Open House: Codrington College, St. John
2014February05Open House: Fisherpond Great House, St. Thomas
2014February12Open House: Sugarwater, Apes Hill, St. James
2014February19Open House: Foursquare Heritage Park, St. Philip
2014February26Open House: Guinea Plantation House, St. Thomas
2014March02Open House: Cricket Legends/Herbert House - Special Sunday Opening
2014March05Open House: Grendon House Sandy Lane
2014March12Open House: Lamberts Plantation House, St. Lucy
2014March19Open House: The Power House, St. George
2014March26Open House: Wildey House, St. Michael

Wildey House,
St. Michael,
Tel: (246) 426-2421
Fax: (246) 429-9055

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