Back in the 19th century the Barbados military utilized a series of signal stations to give island wide warning when a threat would occur. They were built on highly elevated ground both so that the military officers would have a good view of the surrounding area as they stood watch, and so that others would see their signals.
While there are several other signal stations on the island that you can enter for a panoramic view of Barbados, Cotton Tower is not one of them. Instead, a walk around the grounds might give you pause to think about what life would have been like for a soldier in charge of standing watch on the grounds over a century ago.
The pink walls of Cotton Tower Signal Station may give one pause to wonder if the station was named for cotton candy, but the assumption would be incorrect. In actually, the station was named for the daughter of the Governor of Barbados, Lady Catherine Cotton.
You may enjoy staying in St. Joseph Parish if you plan on visiting Cotton Tower Signal, since travelers to this part of Barbados will have easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. You can expect little traffic surrounding this historic site, perhaps because there is only a small number of places to stay close.
|Round House Inn||Guest house||1.5 mi. (0.4 km)||NE|
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Spry explorers may likely be charmed by the area because of the opportunities for open-air activities. Historic site guests also wishing to get in a game of golf can do so at the nearest course, Apes Hill Club. If you aren't a golfer, you might want to head over to Bathsheba Beach, one of the closest beaches to this landmark. But, many other golf and beach choices remain in the community. Visitors will also find a variety of other local attractions in the vicinity. You'll find two additional places of interest nearby -Hunte's Garden and Andromeda Botanical Gardens- which are both situated within just a couple miles of the historic site.
Location: St. Joseph Parish, Barbados
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