Sunbury Plantation House is another excellent location to visit when on holiday in Barbados. The Sunbury Plantation house is a prime example of a Barbadian estate and was opened to the public in 1983. The house is open daily and an entrance fee is required, however, the estate is almost 300 years old, and has survived two hurricanes and a fire in 1995. The fire almost destroyed the house as many different original features were destroyed. However, some of the plantations features were saved such as the old fashioned jalousies over the frame sash windows, and a turned mahogany staircase. The 2.5 feet thick walls of the house date back to the late 17th century, when materials such as flint, and other hard stone was used in construction.
The Sunbury house is the only plantation house with all rooms on view. The house boasts many different antiques, glassware and china. The house also includes many different prints dating almost 300 years. In the cellars there is a collection of antiques and other relics from the plantation area. There is also a unique collection of horse-drawn carriages that will definitely inspire you.
The whole house and grounds at Sunbury has a distinctive, vintage bajan vibe that will definitely create a memorable experience for all. Outside Sunbury Plantation house boasts a 200 year old mahogany wood tree. This tree is a marvel to behold and was the first teak tree to be planted on the island in 1799. However, many of the locals refer to the tree as the Graveyard tree, as underneath it are buried two children, believed to members of the Barrow family who lived at Sunbury in the 18th Century. The death of the children was apparently tragic as rumour has it that they were accidentally suffocated by their father while sheltering from a hurricane in the cellar.
One owner of the house was plantation owner John Barrow. John Barrow was a colonel and a milita leader in 1816, when a group of protesters following the Bussa movement marched on Barrow’s plantation. The movement showed no mercy and damaged $4000 barbadan dollars worth of goods growing on the plantation. This story starts to show the end of slavery with slaves fighting back, and is an integral part of the tour.
The Sunbury Plantation museum also has a courtyard restaurant and bar so you will be able to relax after the tour has commenced. The Sunbury’s “Planter’s Candlelight dinner” is also an excellent opportunity to experience dining as the planters did. You will be able to dine in style as a variety of different food can be served to you. This is an exclusive event, and reservations need to be took if you want to take part in the event. If you have visited Barbados or plan to go the house then the number 423 6270 needs to be called in order for you to book your place at the dinner.
Overall the Sunbury Plantation is definitely worth a look around as it is one of the most eccentric buildings on the island. You will be able to view many defining items of the 17th and 18th century, raging form 17th century china, to a horse and carriage collection. After taking the tour you will definitely be able to have more of an idea about the slavery times and how the the slaves finally started a movement against their then white owners. Sunbury Plantation Houses is definitely a spectacle and if you are visiting St Phillips church then looking around the plantation house is a must.
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