The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
This week's Open House is Morgan Lewis Sugar Windmill.
Built in the mid 1700s and commemorated on Barbados’ 25-cent coin, Morgan Lewis Sugar Windmill is a Barbadian icon. When its restoration was completed in 1999, it became the only working mill of this kind in the Caribbean. Keeping it operative has been a huge and costly challenge. Now, with repairs to the mill and upgrading of the site’s amenities nearly complete, Morgan Lewis Mill is poised to take its place among top attractions in Barbados.
The engineering genius, and the labour and skill of the enslaved artisans who built it are staggering. And to think that wind power, which we now deem “alternative” once powered the industry that generated huge wealth for this former colony!
Guided tours will take small groups into the structure.
At 4 pm, historian Dr. Karl Watson will speak on the history of Morgan Lewis. The wide-ranging talk will include the fascinating background of St. Andrew, the technological influence of the Dutch and the Jews, and how this way of harnessing wind power is an early example of using renewable energy.
Artists and craftspeople will present their creations and live music will provide a pleasant backdrop.
The new, on-site café will also be open. Dubbed “The Grind” and run by Ralph York, it can be counted on for delicious refreshments.
The easiest ways to get there are to come down Farley Hill, St. Peter, on Highway 2, or to head north from Belleplaine, passing St. Andrew’s Church on your left, turn left onto Highway 2. Either way, you then turn into Shorey Village and keep going. The mill is nearby and signs will be posted. If coming from Speightstown, why not take a convenient bus?
General Bds $35.00
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members Bds $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust Bds $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
Children 12-17 y.o. and Students (BCC, UWI and Polytechnic with ID): Bds $15.00
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.
Venue: Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill, St. Andrew
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.