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George Washington House

George Washington House, The Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados Pocket Guide

George Washington House

The annals of history are sometimes impacted in simple, yet effective ways. In 1751, a young gentleman by the name of George Washington and his half-brother Lawrence from the USA spent a brief sojourn in Barbados. This young unknown at the time, later went on to become the President of the United States and Barbados was the only country, where he was ever known to spend time outside of his place of birth.

 

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At the time of his stay in Barbados, the house was known as Bush Hill House, a former plantation house, appropriately titled due to the fact that it was located on Bush Hill, which is a stone's throw away from the Garrison Savannah. For very many years, the property remained closed and useless until the year 1999 when after some consideration, discussions and research, the Barbados National Trust sought out some of the top architectural historians in their field. Their mandate was to conduct a study of the building and its environs to assess potential for restoration. This proved a very interesting time as, after the feasibility, was conducted and approval granted, the excavated site threw up many untold and unexpected treasures, (stoneware, musket balls, pipe bowls) which were incorporated into the project.

 

The intention of the National Trust was to create a realistic replica of the house at the time, both for historic, educational and attraction value. The restoration having been completed, the George Washington House was opened to the public in January 2007. Considered relevant to the history of Barbados and the connection to the USA, it is promoted as worthy of a visit by both Americans and Barbadians alike.

 

The George Washington House is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Guided tours are available and admission is Barbados $25.00 for adults and $12.50 for children.

 

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