Antique Furniture at a Plantation Home, Barbados Pocket Guide

Historic Homes

An island filled with such history that dates back centuries ago is bound to have some aspect of that history still standing. Such history can be seen in the very historic homes that still grace the island. As you can imagine, a great number of age is associated with these homes as many of them were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of them have been refurbished and brought back to as close to the original state as possible.


A listing from the Historic Homes category of the Barbados Pocket Guide include:-

Building Techniques of Old   Great Homes
Chattel Houses   Open House Programme


The now historic homes that once belonged to plantation owners were built after the British arrived in Barbados in 1625. Many of these now historic homes were built with Jacobean and Georgian styles while the modest chattel houses  inhabited by slaves were built of wooden structures set on blocks which aided in easy movement from one plantation to another.


A great amount of thought went into the construction of these historic homes as they were all built with the awareness that the island of Barbados sits in a hurricane belt. As a result their walls were thick, their roofs highly pitched and designed in a four hip style to shift the raging winds and hoods and shutters attached to the windows to shield strong winds and rains throughout the passage of tropical storms.


Barbados National Trust Open House Programme

Visitors to the island of Barbados and locals are given an opportunity to view many of the historic homes on the island as the Barbados National Trust hosts its Open House Programme. This programme runs from January to April and showcases some of the most exquisite historic homes Barbados has to offer. The showcasing of these homes is not just about history but also about socialising on the grounds.


Further information on the Barbados National Trust Open House Programme can be sourced by contacting them at (246) 426-2421, (246) 436-9033, email address:


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