The 5 Most Historical Places To Visit In Barbados
PHOTO: Use Elegant Hotels in Barbados as your launching point for some of the historical sites on the island. (Photo courtesy of Elegant Hotels)
Barbados is an island known for its fun in the sun, calypso and rum, but it’s also known for its vast amount of historic landmarks.
There are so many to choose from to see, and the Elegant Hotels on Barbados – all five of them – can point you in the right direction of five of our most favorite historical places you will want to visit while you’re there.
George Washington House: George Washington really slept here, for two months anyway. In 1751, the then 19-year-old visited Barbados — the only time he was ever outside of colonial America — and spent about two months at this house. Take a step back in time at this two-story structure and see what life was like for one of America’s founding fathers. From the four poster bed and mosquito netting to the pharmaceutical bottles, thumb lancets and cupping glasses, it’s all a reminder of what Washington experienced – which was a life-threatening case of small pox – before he would become the first President of the United States of America. The spiked manacles, and chain and barbed-neck collars also paint a vivid picture of slavery in Barbados at the time.
Needhams Point Lighthouse: If you love studying lighthouses, you are a pharologist and the Needhams Point Lighthouse, the second oldest in Barbados, should definitely be on your list of sites to visit during your trip to the island. This lighthouse would guide ships into the harbor, but it did so with a stationary light, not a rotating light. In total, there are four lighthouses to see. The three others are located at South Point, Ragged Point and Harrison Point. Keep in mind, however, you cannot tour the tower.
Barbados Military Cemetery: In close proximity to the lighthouse is the Barbados Military Cemetery, also known as the Garrison Military Cemetery, which is used for those who served in the Commonwealth Armed Forces and members of the Defense Force. The swamp land that existed before the cemetery was once used as the burial ground. The dead would be buried at the entrance in shallow graves or just left on the swamp. Within a few days, the swamp would absorb the deceased. It is believed that the cemetery came into existence around 1780, but the earliest grave dates back to 1822. There is free admission to the site and there is a memorial building on the property to see as well.
The Sugar Museum: How sweet it is! If you want to know about the history of sugar production, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, take a tour of The Sugar Museum. It includes an old boiling house, a collection of artifacts, equipment and mural-sized photos from Barbados' early sugar days. It’s a tribute to Sir Frank Hutson, who with assistance from the Barbados National Trust, collected the items in the museum. And the tour of the museum, located in the yard of the modern day Portvale Sugar Factory, comes with taste samples.
Holetown: When you’re in Holetown, make sure to visit the whole town. Holetown, originally named Jamestown after King James I of England, was changed to Holetown because of the cleaning of ships it did within a small channel in town. Every year there is a Holetown Festival, which includes parades, entertainment and arts and crafts, but if you can’t make it for the celebration Chattel Village has shops, arts and crafts and fashion.
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