The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Bleak House is this week’s Open House.
Bleak House was built in 1860, and its history suggests that it took its name from Charles Dickens’ 1853 novel. In 1983 it was bought as a burnt-out shell and rebuilt in classic Georgian style with innovative practicalities and a guest cottage. Now the home of Richard Goddard and Margaret Deutsch, Bleak House stands on 166 acres overlooking the Scotland District and still functions as a working farm. Its antique furnishings go back to the 15th century.
Dr. Hans Machel will give one of the Open House Lively Lectures. A leading expert on the area, he is the author of Geology of Barbados and a dynamic speaker. Even rocks come alive.
Also speaking is Dr. Patricia Stafford, historical researcher and genealogist who is co-author of the 2016 book, Of Halls, Hills and Holes: Place Names of Barbados. With the late Geraldine Lane, Dr. Stafford also researched the genealogy of the Goddard family, which turns out to be a stirring tale of “redlegs” rising.
Live entertainment by the Coleridge and Parry School Choir.
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.
Go north on Highway 2A. Shortly after the sign to Black Bess Quarry, turn right towards Indian Ground.
Go left at the fork in the gully, and right at the T junction.
Look for parking signs at the playing field and expect to walk the long driveway in.
Those with mobility problems may be dropped off at the house.
Barbados National Trust Open Houses
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.