Recently, staff from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, family, and friends learned all about Bridgetown’s rich history and heritage on a walking tour led by Senator Professor Henry Fraser.
Ambassador Larry Palmer, who attended the event with his wife Lucille, said that after the tour, “it will be a challenge to just drive through Bridgetown and not remember the rich history associated with all the buildings and sites.”
The tour was conducted by well known architectural historian, Senator Professor Henry Fraser, who provided fascinating insights into Jubilee Gardens, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, James Street Methodist Church, the Carnegie Library, the Jewish Synagogue and the original site of the first Harrison College School.
Senator Professor Fraser painted a picture of historic Bridgetown, when the city was a hive of activity with hotels owned by such characters as Rachael Pringle, and commerce thrived on inter-island trading by way schooners skipping frequently through the Careenage. Participants also learned about the burial place and contributions of National Hero, Samuel Jackman Prescod, the naming of “Amen Alley,” and the original site of the Wesley Hall Boys School. He also explained how to identify Gothic and Dutch architecture in the city’s buildings.