The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Wildey House is this week's Open House.
The headquarters of the Barbados National Trust, Wildey House is a classic Georgian style mansion thought to have been built around 1760. It was last owned by the Leacock family, who bequeathed it to the Trust. The house has been carefully restored and its ground floor is furnished with the Leacock’s antiques. Offices occupy the former bedrooms upstairs.
Tours will commence at 2:00 pm.
At 3:00 pm, there will a 'mini' fashion show by Ela Boutique.
At 3:30 pm, Sir Henry Fraser will tell you about the interesting history of Wildey House and the National Trust.
At 4:00 pm, the world-famous Royal Barbados Police Force Band will be playing dance standards from the 1940's to the modern.
The door prize draw will take place at 4:15 pm - the last of the season so hold onto your tickets.
The Trust's Food and Beverage stalls will be selling tasty eats and thirst quenching drinks. The Trust's Souvenir Shop will also be there as well the Artisans Mall.
On the ABC Highway, go south from the Bussa (Emancipation) roundabout, and after the Polytechnic’s tiny roundabout, get into the right lane. Pass Cable & Wireless, turn right at the junction by the gas station. Turn right again, just after the next gas station and ease into the left lane. Wildey House is up the hill at the first left.
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.
Dress nicely casual.
No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions - look for the signs.
Parking will be at Carter's General Stores, Wildey.
For more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised, please contact the Barbados National Trust:
Tel: (246) 426-2421/ (246) 436-9033
Venue: Wildey, St. Michael
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.