The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
George Washington House is this week's Open House
George Washington House is located in the beautiful Garrison Historic Area. Unique in the Caribbean for the preservation and integrity of its buildings and landscape, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The transformation of George Washington House into a museum and historical site is one of the most ambitious tourism projects ever undertaken in Barbados. The result is a heritage site of great significance, which contains many surprises.
Barbados was an unlikely destination for George Washington, then a 19-year-old with aspirations but no means. Fatefully, he accompanied his ill, older half-brother here on his “health tourism” trip in 1751. (His doctor recommended Barbados) It was Washington’s only journey outside the colonial US, and what a difference it made!
There will also be bus tours of the Garrison running every 20 minutes, with narration by the Trust’s president and general manager. The site also extends underground. A network of narrow stone and brick tunnels, some as much as ten feet high, runs beneath the Garrison. Built around 1820 for drainage, the tunnels keep the Garrison from being the swampy mess where mosquito-borne diseases decimated the British troops who were stationed there. The tunnels likely did double duty as secret supply and escape routes for the military.
Books, art and craft will be sold on the lawn. Light refreshments will be available both at the Trust’s stall and at the museum’s excellent cafe. George Washington will make a special appearance. There will also be attractive door prizes.
To reach the Garrison from Bridgetown, drive south along Bay Street and turn inland opposite the Barbados Light & Power Ltd., or opposite the Drill Hall. Open House signs direct the public to parking.
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.
There will be bus tours of the Garrison running every 20 minutes, with narration by the Trust’s president and general manager. George Washington will make a special appearance. There will also be attractive door prizes.
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.