George Washington House in Barbados is an 8th-century colonial great house located at the Garrison on the island’s scenic south coast. This is the colonial great house where America’s president George Washington spent approximately 7 weeks in 1751. He was age 19 then and travelling with his half-brother, Lawrence Washington, who was suffering from tuberculosis. This is significant because it is widely believed that Barbados was the only country outside the United States that George Washington had ever visited.
This historic 18th-century great house which is owned by the Barbados National Trust was carefully restored and refurbished in 1999 creating a popular tourist attraction. Visitors to George Washington House in Barbados get to understand and appreciate why he fell in love with the island.
Visitors also get to see a high-definition film depicting his visit and take a guided tour of the beautifully restored home where he slept during his stay. In addition visitors to the house learn about and experience the mysterious Garrison Tunnels. These tunnels were built in the early 1800s to provide covert communication and an escape for the 3000 soldiers who lived at the Barbados Garrison.
George Washington House Frequently Asked Questions
George Washington lived at Bush Hill House in Barbados for a short period in 1751. This is the only house the future first president of the United States of America ever lived in outside of his country. This historic house has since been opened to the public as George Washington House and Museum.
George Washington lived on the small Caribbean island of Barbados, with his half-brother Lawrence in 1751. He spent two months on the island where he hoped that the island's warm climate would cure his tuberculosis.
As a young man, the first president of the United States of America George Washington spent two months in Barbados in 1751 where he lived at Bush Hill House.
In 1751 George Washington did travel with his half-brother Lawrence to Barbados from what would become the United States of America. The records show that the future "First Father" of the United States only travel outside the continent once, and that is when he sailed to Barbados.
Where Is George Washington House Barbados Located
George Washington House Barbados is located, at the Garrison on the outskirts of Bridgetown Barbados. The house which was officially opened on 13 January 2007 is nestled within the Garrison Historic Area. This area comprises the Barbados museum, The Garrison Savannah, the Garrison Tunnels, and the historic Main Guard House and Cannon Collection.
You’ll be amazed by this fascinating heritage tourist attraction it definitely is a must-see for both locals and visitors to the island.
Tour George Washington House Barbados
If you would like to take a step back into a bygone era of Barbados’ colonial life, then a stop over at the historic George Washington House is recommended for you. This tour gives you a sneak peek into the life of a colonial gentleman during the 18th century. Here is what you’ll get…
- Interactive educational display
- Weekly day and night tours of the historic Barbados Garrison
- Photo opportunities
- Book this tour online today!
Other Attractions Near George Washington House Barbados
In Barbados, you are never far away from an amazing attraction. Other popular attractions and things to see and do close to George Washington House in Barbados are the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and the Barbados Garrison Savannah
The historic George Washington House in Barbados is located approximately 1 minute from the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. The museum is comprised of seven galleries each offering an educational insight into the rich heritage of the island.
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The historic George Washington House in Barbados is located on the doorstep of the Barbados Garrison Savannah. The historic Garrison Savannah has been the home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845 when the British Regiment was stationed there.
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Hotels Close To George Washington House Barbados
The Hilton Barbados has one of the most idyllic settings imaginable, the lush tropical peninsula of Needhams Point surrounded by the perfect white sand beach. It is also a short distance away from the very popular George Washington House.
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The Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados located at the southern end of Brownes beach on the outskirts of the capital Bridgetown sits a short distance away from George Washington House Barbados.
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The Island Inn Hotel Barbados is a quaint twenty-three-room hotel with disarming simplicity and old-world charm with easy access to Brownes Beach and attractions like George Washington House.
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The Savannah Beach Hotel Barbados is located on the outskirts of the Garrison Historic area with easy access to attractions like George Washington House and the Barbados museum.
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Coconut Court Hotel Barbados is located approximately 1 minute away from the George Washington House Barbados.
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Sugar Bay All-Inclusive Hotel is conveniently located 2 minutes from the historic George Washington House Barbados.
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