The Barbados Garrison Historic Area Walk
We bring Barbados’ past and heritage to life in our unique storytelling, show and tell kind of way, so that you form a strong and lasting mental image.
This is a comfortable guided walk with narration through the Garrison Historic Area, the former facilities of the British Armed Forces Caribbean headquarters until 1905. This heritage walk starts with a tour of the Barbados Museum, site of the former British Military prison.
This tour highlights the George Washington House and Museum, this is the house where United States of America’s, first President GEORGE WASHINGTON, and his half brother Lawrence stayed for approximately seven weeks. The only time GEORGE WASHINGTON ventured off the North American Continent, was when he visited Barbados in 1751 at the age of nineteen years old.
An extract from GEORGE WASHINGTON’S, personal diary, indicates his impression of Barbados,” The healthiness of this island sufficiently shown in the countenances of the Country Gentlemen and its said they live to great ages where they are not intemperate.”
Barbados Defense Force facility, the Barbados Museum, the Military burial ground, the Main Guard and the popular Garrison Savannah are among the other highlights.
For many years, almost two thousand soldiers were stationed at the Garrison,ready to protect the British Eastern Caribbean Colonies, against the French, Spanish, Dutch, and pirates. Barbados, itself was protected by over three hundred guns along the vulnerable south and west coasts.
At the height of it’s operations the Garrison facility was over sixty acres, from Hastings to Bay Street.
We share on how soldiers lived, as well as the medical treatments rendered for that period.
Barbados was the only British colony that was never invaded by other colonizers, we explain this peculiarity, against the fact that many Caribbean colonies changed colonizer several times, some as many as thirty times.
The walking distance of this tour is approximately three and one half miles, and the duration is two and a half to three hours.
The trail is flat with two minor inclinations, and the walking surface is of mainly paved surfaces.