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 unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in Speightstown. You can click on the museum names to learn complete information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Arlington House Interactive Museum. It is found within Speightstown. Arlington House is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Another landmark worth visiting is St. Nicholas Abbey. It is found within St. Peter Parish, 4.0 mi. East-Northeast of central Speightstown. St. Nicholas Abbey takes you back over three centuries to a time when Barbados was just beginning its long relationship with sugar cultivation. Start your adventure with the abbey's 18 minute film that showcases life on the island during the 1800's and 1900's.

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 provides you with a few details regarding some available museums 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

Enjoy learning some of the history of foreign countries? If yes, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions during your vacation.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is St. Peter's Church. It is situated at 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 in St. Andrew Parish, 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of central Speightstown. Long before cell phones and the Internet, the people of Barbados used signal towers to warn groups of people across the island of any dangers that lurked in the area. Grenada Hall is one such signal station, which now stands as a landmark where visitors can learn about the island's military history.

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.

Check this table for more information on sites of historical interest 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

Vacationers may experience some other worthwhile sites close to Speightstown.

If the functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, consider visiting 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.

Some of the other types of landmarks close to Speightstown are provided below.

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

Bear in mind that Speightstown has additional attractions. To read a more detailed discussion of other attractions, click this link.

 

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