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13 March 2013
Open House: Government House, St. Michael

The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.

Government House in St. Michael is this week's Open House.

This splendid 18th century mansion has been the official residence of the Governor-General, the Queen’s representative in Barbados, since 1703. The building has not radically been altered since its restoration in 1898 after severe hurricane damage. Today it is a graceful, classically furnished house set in large, lovely gardens. Its grand portico and semicircular portion have been copied at such fine houses as Villa Nova.
Only the public areas will be opened today.

Directions:
From Bridgetown, find Pine Road and follow it north to the Belmont Road roundabout. Then follow the signs. 

Parking will be at the Belmont Funeral Home parking lot.
Tickets available at the BNT tent in the parking lot.
A shuttle service will be in operation.

Admission:
General Bds $30.00:
Children 5-10-y-o $15.00
Children under 5 Free
BARP Members $25.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust $20.00 upon presentation of membership card.

Dress nicely casual.

Call the Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 for more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.


Start time: 2:30 PM   End time: 5:30 PM

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.

 

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