It is said that George Washington, first father of the United States, took a trip to Barbados with his older brother on the recommendation of their Doctor. A change of climate was ultimately what the Doctor thought Lawrence, his brother, who was suffering from tuberculosis, needed. The two set sail on a challenging journey from Virginia to Bridgetown to seek out this warm and pleasing climate on an island that, at that time, was a popular destination for treating such illnesses.
George, who was nineteen at the time, and Lawrence rented a home and stayed on the island for two whole months, during which they lived the highlife known for folks of their stature during that time: theatre, countryside events, plantation parties. They did it up, when Lawrence was feeling well that is.
The house they rented still sits there today, and is known as the only place Mr. Washington ever stayed outside of the United States and Barbados the only country he ever visited.
The trip to Barbados, even though it didn’t actually save Lawrence’s life, saved the future forefather and helped his career as he saw possibilities for himself while he was traveling.
Many visitors to Barbados are unaware of the house as well as the diary that George kept while he was there. Visitors to the George Washington house can read and hear excerpts from his diary while touring this cool historical spot.
- There is an entrance fee
- Open Monday to Friday 9-4:30
- Located a short walk from the Barbados Museum and the cruise ship port