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Tyrol Cot Museum and Heritage Village


Tyrol Cot was the home of Sir Grantley Adams, his wife Grace and their son Tom.

Sir Grantley Adams was the first Premier of Barbados in 1954 and the first Federal Prime Minister in 1958. His son Tom Adams, also of Tyrol Cot, became second Prime Minister in 1970.

In 1990 only Sir Grantley Adams' wife Grace was living at Tyrol Cot and when she died, Barbadians knew that something special should be done about Tyrol Cot.

The house is a Caribbean Georgian structure, designed and built in 1854 by William Farnum, a prominent Barbadian architect, was in need of much repair as parts of the house were collapsing.

B&W photo of Tyrol Cot from the Barbados Museum & Historical Society.

A campaign was launched to request donations from Barbadians and visitors who spent months each year on the island.

Donations and a bank loan started the repairs on Tyrol Cot in 1993, and then a chattel house craft village and museum were built on the grounds. Within each chattel house artists and crafts-people produce their work for sale on site. The rum shop here too is a central building. The museum section features a 1920s chattel house furnished in the typical style of the era, a working blacksmith shop of the same period, and a reproduced 1820s slave hut.

All of the furnishings originally at Tyrol Cot are intact and the living areas have been restored to the 1930s era, complete with the Adams’ furniture, books, antique glass and ceramics and 60 years of memorabilia.

In 1995 Tyrol Cot Museum Heritage Village was opened to the public. The village is at Codrington Hill, St. Michael, 424-2074





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