on July 17, 2005
St. Nicholas Abbey, which is not really an abbey, nor ever was, is a wonderful historical piece of Barbados. A sugar plantation since 1640, the house itself is said to have been built around 1650. It is one of three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. This wonderful tour shows period furniture, architecture, and photos of past owners and workers. You are told stories and tales of the past. Not that it is without drama or tragedy - Colonel Berringer lost a duel to Sir John Yeamans over Berringer's wife of all things. Yeamans and his new wife left Barbados in 1669 and went on to help find a colony that is now South Carolina. A film is played that shows plantation life in the 1930s. It is quite fascinating, as well as delightful. It is a must-see for the historian and architect.
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