The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Fustic House, in St. Lucy is this week’s Open House.
Fustic House once belonged to Alexander Simmons, the first black plantation house owner in Barbados. He bought the twenty-four acre property in 1901. Formerly known as Seaview and part of a plantation dating back to the 1600s, it was the home of the Parochial Treasurer for St. Lucy for much of the 19th century. It is one of the most distinctive and magical of the transformations created on Barbados by the English theatrical designer, Oliver Messel. Besides the two-part house, there’s a delightful cottage, and the new conference/entertainment pavilion. The overall ambience and the little details all merge to create an atmosphere of unparalleled elegance and tranquility. With 11 acres of park-like grounds, you’ll want to walk a lot. In 2017, Fustic House was chosen as the location for the Anglo-Barbadian film, A Caribbean Dream, which garnered high praise both here and abroad.
Venue opens at 1:45 pm, with tours of the house starting at 2:00 pm and lasting until 5:00 pm when the house is closed to visitors.
The first Lively Lecture will be presented by Dr. Karl Watson at 3:15 pm. Then at 3:45 pm, award wining Barbadian writer, Theo Williams, will be reading from his novel Prickett’s Well. Theo will also be autographing his books (Facing North and Pickett’s Well) that will be on sale at the Trust’s souvenir shop.
Also at the shop will be numerous books at reduced price and the limited edition Barbados National Trust ‘Tea towels’ made by Best of Barbados.
Hold onto your Open House tickets as there will be door prizes drawn at 4:15 pm.
Fresh flowers will also be available for sale as well as Barbadian made arts and craft from the Artisans Mall.
In addition to the Trust’s food and beverage stalls filled with your Open House favourites, you will also be able to buy Prosecco by the glass or bottle if your wish.
Go north on Highway 2A to St. Lucy’s parish church. Take the 90-degree left at the roundabout, so that the church car park is on your immediate right. Stay on that road for about 2 km. As you enter Checker Hall, look for the Fustic Village sign on your left, and for the Open House sign too.
Parking will be in the adjacent field next to Fustic House so please follow instructions follow instructions from parking attendants and look out for the car park signs.
General Bds $35.00
Children under 5 y.o. 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.
For more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised, please contact the Barbados National Trust:
Tel: (246) 426-2421/ (246) 436-9033
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.