|The building of plantation houses, is the work of the British, after they arrived in Barbados in 1625. Plantations are large fields where crops are grown for export. Plantations or estates are usually found in the tropics. The British planned to grow tobacco, cotton and sugar. |
Plantation houses are also called great houses. They were the homes of the plantation owners.
There are many plantations dotted around the island, many in ruins, however a few have remained in the hands of the original owners, some have been restored to become private homes, bed and breakfast accommodations and hotels. In some cases the old great house is surrounded by new homes or the plantation house has been completely demolished.
Consett Plantation, is the home of Codrington College... Farley Hill is a National Park... Graeme Hall is a Nature Sanctuary... they were all plantations sometime in the past after the British arrived in 1625.
Here is the list, with as much history as we could find: