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07 January 2017
Open House: Colleton House

The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.

Colleton House, St Peter is this week's Open House

Colleton’s first owner was Sir John Colleton (1608 - 1667) a Royalist who had played a major part in raising an army to defend Charles I.  Fleeing Cromwell’s wrath in 1647, he bought and moved to a sugar plantation in Barbados. When the monarchy was restored, his faithful service was rewarded with a knighthood. Colleton then played the lead role in the plans for exploration of the Carolinas by The Barbados Adventurers in 1665, leading to the settlement of Charleston in 1670.  He was one of the eight Lords Proprietor of Carolina, and established strong ties between there and Barbados.  

Most recently Colleton was the home of the extraordinary Australian geologist, Frank Rickwood, whose oil discoveries—often made on foot—changed several economies across the world.

His art collection spans the diverse cultures he encountered and includes a significant trove of primitive work from Papua New Guinea as well as Asian and European art.  This is a rare opportunity to see it, and to reflect on the impact of two remarkable men who owned Colleton House.

The house itself is a Palladian gem that has been added to over the years. With ample grounds, an architecturally important Regency period stable complex, and a cliff-top view over the west coast, Colleton is a treat to visit.

To get there, choose your favourite route to Speightstown and then go north along the coast on Highway 1B. After Six Mens Village, the road swings uphill and to the right. Stay on it and look for Open House parking signs. The Trust will shuttle visitors from the parking area. There is no parking at the house.

General Bds $35.00
Children 5-12-y-o Half Price
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
Students (school children in uniform with adult): Bds $10.00

Dress nicely casual.

No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions - look for the signs.

Call the Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 for more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.

Start time: 2:30 PM   End time: 5:30 PM

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.


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