Speightstown Landmarks

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Buildings that date back to the original time of settlement of Barbados line the streets of Speightstown, making architecture the focal point of local landmarks.  Outside of these buildings, this town has done well welcoming the modern era while still remaining proud of its heritage through museums and historic homes which allow for an interactive view of the way things once were. 

Museums

Arlington House Interactive Museum

If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Speightstown. To get detailed information about each museum, just click on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Arlington House Interactive Museum. It is found within Speightstown. Enjoy this preserved seventeenth century building which was once the home of a prosperous merchant. Local history of the town and the plantations that surrounded it can be discovered here.

Another landmark worth visiting is St. Nicholas Abbey. It is located in St. Peter Parish, 4.0 mi. East-Northeast of central Speightstown. Take a guided tour of the beautiful plantation house and view antiques from the home's 350 years of history. Then take a self-guided tour of the grounds, including the rum distillery where St. Nicholas Abbey Rum is produced.

Folkstone Museum: Learn about the marine flora and fauna of the area and then enjoy a snorkeling expedition on an artificial reef formed by a sunken ship.

The chart right below offers some details regarding some museums worth checking out in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Speightstown
Name Phone Location
Arlington House Interactive Museum (246) 422-4064 0.2 mi. South West of Central Speightstown
Folkstone Museum (246) 422-2871 4.1 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum (246) 432-0100 4.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Speightstown
St. Nicholas Abbey (246) 422-8725 4.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Speightstown
Tyrol Cot Heritage Village (246) 424-2074 9.0 mi. South of Central Speightstown

Historical Sites

St. Peter's Church

Do you enjoy exploring the historical roots of countries you visit? If so, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers is St. Peter's Church. It is a part of St. Peter Parish Church and located within Speightstown. Originally built in 1629, St. Peter's Church was one of the original six parishes built on the island. Over the years, many renovations occurred, the latest being in 1837, and now visitors enjoy driving by to view the beautiful historic architecture.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station. It is located within St. Andrew Parish, 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of central Speightstown. Although signal stations are no longer necessary, their height makes them perfect for catching a panoramic view of the island. Grenada Hall has windows in every direction, giving off a panoramic view that is hard to come by.

Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill: Visitors who tour the mill will be welcomed to explore an exhibit of the equipment used to produced sugar during the 18th and 19th centuries. Between the month of December and April, guests are even given demonstrations of how it was done, and offered a sample of the cane juice to taste.

Be sure to look through the chart below for a list of historical sites in and around Speightstown.

Historic Sites In and Around Speightstown
Name Phone Location
Cotton Tower Signal -- 7.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Speightstown
Fisherpond Great House (246) 433-1754 8.1 mi. Southeast of Central Speightstown
Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station -- 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Speightstown
Gun Hill Signal Station -- 9.3 mi. Southeast of Central Speightstown
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill (246) 426-2421 4.7 mi. East of Central Speightstown
St. James Church -- 4.1 mi. South of Central Speightstown
St. Peter's Church -- 0.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Speightstown

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers can experience some other intriguing places worth visiting nearby.

If the functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, consider heading to Harrison Point Lighthouse. Unfortunately, Harrison Point Lighthouse is not open to the public at this time, but the tower, reminiscent of a New England-style lighthouse, can be seen from miles away.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Holetown Monument. It is located in Holetown, 4.5 mi. South of central Speightstown. This is a site to see as you're out exploring the island, and you can read a brief history of the founding of the island on the attached placard.

3Ws Monument: Worrell, Walcott, and Weekes; three cricket players who are legends in the Bahamas. The 3Ws Monument is built in honor of them, featuring busts of all the players surrounded by a small garden.

The table right below provides more details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Speightstown
Name Type Location
3Ws Monument Monument Wanstead, 7.9 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Harrison Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.0 mi. North of Central Speightstown
Holetown Monument Monument 4.5 mi. South of Central Speightstown

If you are looking for a wider variety of attractions beyond this category, you might want to think about other possibilities. Click this link to visit our discussion of other interesting attractions for Speightstown.

 

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