The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
This week’s Open House is Foster Lodge.
Built in the early 19th century on a small estate, the house itself is beautifully proportioned, lovingly preserved and has a rich history. It was for many years the office of the Parochial Treasurer for St. George, during the time when local government was carried out by a vestry system. Foster Lodge was purchased in 1976 by Brian and Sandra Parsons. Now Baron and Lady of Ormiston, a village in Scotland, they are better known in Barbados as the proprietors of Parsons’ Pest Control. Over the years, they have sensitively updated and lovingly maintained Foster Lodge. It is full of paintings, antiques, and Masonic memories. (Mr. Parsons is a Grand Master.) A collection of crystal, silver, and travel mementoes add to the ambience of historical continuity.
Today’s Lively Lecture will be by Dr. Karl Watson, author, historian and past president of the Barbados National Trust.
Steel pan music will fill the breezy air, and afternoon tea will be served.
These are in addition to the usual bar and snacks, as well as stalls offering local art, fine crafts, and Caribbean books.
All sales support the Trust’s work of preserving Barbadian heritage.
Foster Lodge is near Rowans in St. George. To get there from the ABC Highway, turn east onto Highway 4 at the Norman Niles roundabout. Shortly afterwards, take the left fork towards Gun Hill. At Charles Rowe Bridge, with Chefette on your left, keep straight, with the gas station on your right. Foster Lodge is not far. Look for Open House signs and parking.
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.
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.