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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.

Open House Programme

2019 Open House Programme
2019JANUARY06 Open House: Clifton Hall
2019JANUARY09 Open House: George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2019JANUARY20 Open House: Codrington College, St. John
2019JANUARY23 Open House: Sweetfield Manor, St. Michael
2019JANUARY27 Open House: Walkers Reserve
2019JANUARY30 Open House: Fustic House, St. Lucy
2019FEBRUARY06 Open House: Hopefield Manor, St. Philip
2019FEBRUARY13 Open House: Leamington House, St. Peter
2019FEBRUARY20 Open House: Welches Plantation
2019FEBRUARY27 Open House: Ilaro Court
2019MARCH06 Open House: Malvern Great House
2019MARCH10 Open House: Wildey House


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.'

Mr. Peter Stevens - BNT's current president.

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.

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

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