Two Children Standing Next to a Canon at the Historic Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados Pocket Guide

Heritage Vacations

The island of Barbados is rich with history which is well reflected in the many extravagant plantation houses seen throughout the island as a result of early colonial leadership. The island's rather close connection to England also saw a very heavy existence of their military factors on the island.


One such area of immense rich heritage is the Garrison Historic area. This area is one of those places that is now also known for the many activities that go on there from time to time. Kites can be seen flying on the Garrison, the people of Barbados can be seen exercising and there are those who take their dogs there to stretch their legs. Before all this current activity, the Garrison Historic Area had a different kind of activity going on for it.


The Barbados Defence Force Headquarters is home to St Ann's Fort and the Main Guard where artillery, canons and other paraphernalia from those days has been preserved and forms part of a display area, open for viewing. Further along the Hastings main road is Pavilion court, which would have comprised the army barracks and other holding areas in the 17th century and following.


The Barbados Museum is located in the general vicinity to the Savannah and is home to an extensive collection of artifacts, documents, carvings and paintings which capture the history of the island back from the days of slavery. It is also educational in its outlook and portrayal and, many a school tour is organized to the Museum.


Looking from a completely different perspective, Barbados was once privileged to have a train system. It has long since been discontinued; however a part of the track can still be found in the heart of the country. Many a hike or heritage walk has followed that route with a brief history provided.


As you can well imagine, these are but a few examples of the kind of activities available in Barbados for those persons who possess a passion for appreciating a country's rich and inviting heritage.


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