09 May 2013Blog

St. Thomas, Barbados

by Summer

Yes, indeed there IS a Parish in Barbados that doesn’t have an ocean lapping at its boundary! St. Thomas is one of two on the island, and is well known for it’s picturesque countryside beauty and rolling hills, as well as cool breezes.

Did you know that there were only six parishes in Barbados back in 1629; Christ Church, St. James, St. Lucy, St. Michael, St. Peter and St. Thomas. It wasn’t until 1645 that the other five Parishes were formed.

St. Thomas has a lot to offer, and we thought we would showcase a few of the most interesting things to do and see in this Parish. We have included historic sites, as well as some fun places to visit for a cold drink or simple meal as well.

St. Thomas Parish Church

St. Thomas Parish Church was built in 1629, and has since been destroyed by hurricanes three times (1675, 1780 and 1831) and rebuilt. Of all the churches in Barbados this one has embraced the changing times and not only has an email address, but a Facebook page as well!

st thomas church

Sharon Moravian Church

This beautiful and historic Moravian church is one of the last remaining 18th century buildings left in Barbados. It was constructed back in 1799 with the help of the slave congregation. While the original church was destroyed in 1831, it was rebuilt, and kept its authentic style.

sharon moravian

Harrison’s Cave

For those of you who aren’t aware, Harrison’s Cave was discovered back in 1795, and for nearly 200 years was forgotten about, until Ole Sorensen and Tony Mason “re-discovered” them. They were named after Thomas Harrison who owned the land on which the Cave’s were located. Harrison’s Cave was developed by the Government in 1974, and officially opened as a tourist attraction in 1981.

harrisons cave3

Welchman Hall Gully

The only real “tropical forest” Barbados has is the Welchman Hall Gully. This piece of Barbados real estate was purchased by the Barbados National Trust back in 1992, to emphasize the importance of the local environment and to preserve it for future generations. The Gully is a great place to explore and to have a look back at what Barbados must have looked like to the early settlers.

Welchman hall gully

Fisherpond Great House

Fisherpond Plantation as it was known, has changed hands so many times since the 16th or 17th century that it’s hard to keep up! At the moment, the property is owned by John & Rain Chandler and is THE GO TO PLACE for an authentic plantation style Sunday lunch. The house has been kept in amazing shape, and you can easily spend hours in the gardens taking pictures, and walking around the stunning property. Fisher Pond Great House has been visited for lunch not only by the British Prime Minister, but also the Queen of England.

Fisherpond

Bagatelle Great House

This Historic house in St. Thomas was originally built in 1645 and was previously known as “Parnham Park House”. The property has changed hands several times over the years and is now home to Chatters Tea Room, and other eateries.

Bagatelle Great House

Lion Castle Polo Field

Lion Castle Polo Field is a relatively new, world-class field spread over twenty acres. This polo field is part of a sixty-four acre Barbados development built by Kent Cole. International tournaments are played here between November and May, depending on the weather conditions.

Lion Castle Polo Field

Here’s how to find your way to each of these Barbados attractions:

Welchman-hall-gully St-thomas-parish-church Sharon-moravian-church Lion-castle-polo-field Harrisons-cave Fisherpond-great-house Bagatelle-great-house

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