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George Washington House, Barbados

George Washington House, located in the parish of St. Michael, Bridgetown, is named after the first American president who along with his half-brother, stayed here for a couple of months in 1751. Did you know, Barbados is the only country he ever visited outside colonial America?

Image source: Flickr. Copyright David Stanley

This exquisite, Georgian-style house has been restored and furnished as a typical plantation residence of the mid-18th century. Visitors to the house will begin their tour by watching a film about Washington’s time in Barbados, then move on to explore the main floor of the house, before going upstairs to the museum to see artefacts and informative descriptions about Bajan history. There is also a host of analysis and facts dotted around, regarding the appalling custom of slavery which governed plantation life in the Caribbean.

Travellers will also be able to explore a section of the underground Garrison Tunnel, which runs close to the house. Then, stroll around the gardens, shop in the on-site gift shop and enjoy refreshments in the cafe.