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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.

Sites of architectural interest

Open House Programme

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.'

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.

2015 Programme
2015January14 Open House: St Ann's Fort, Drill Hall and Cannon Museum
2015January21 Open House: Wildey House
2015January28 Open House: Clifton Hall
2015February04 Open House: Hopefield Manor
2015February11 Open House: Codrington College - VENUE CHANGED TO MORGAN LEWIS
2015February18 Open House: Colleton House
2015February25 Open House: Chimborazo House
2015March04 Open House: Newlands
2015March11 Open House: Ben Mar
2015March18 Open House: Pandanus
2015March25 Open House: St Lucy's Rectory and Parish Church
2015April24,27,28,29,30 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2015May01,04,05,06,07,08,11,12,13,14,15,18,19,20,21,22,25,26,27,28,29 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2015June01,02,03,04,05,08,09,10,11,12,15,16,17,18,19,22,23,24,25,26,29,30 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2015July01,02,03,06,07,08,09,10,13,14,15,16,17,20,21,22,23,24,27,28,29,30,31 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2015August03,04,05,06,07,10,11,12,13,14,17,18,19,20,21,24,25,26,27,28,31 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2015September01,02,03,04,07,08,09,10,11,14,15,16,17,18,21,22,23,24,25,28,29,30 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2015October01,02,05,06,07,08,09,12,13,14,15,16,19,20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2015November02,03,04,05,06,09,10,11,12,13,16,17,18,19,20,23,24,25,26,27,30 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels
2015December01,02,03,04,07,08,09,10,11,14,15,16,17,18,21,22,23,28,29,30 Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels


BARBADOS NATIONAL TRUST
Wildey House,
Wildey,
St. Michael,
Barbados
Tel: (246) 426-2421
Fax: (246) 429-9055
E-mail: natrust@sunbeach.net

 
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