St Nicholas Abbey
St Nicholas Abbey © Pontificalibus

Jacobean Mansions

Constructed in the 1650s, Drax Hall in St George and St Nicholas Abbey in St Peter are two of the oldest buildings in Barbados. Both are world-renowned examples of Jacobean architecture, and feature curved Dutch gables and coral-stone finials. Each of them is furnished with antiques. Drax Hall was one of the earliest and largest sugar plantations in Barbados. James and William Drax established it. The two belonged to a wealthy and influential family, as did many plantation owners who prospered by growing sugarcane. The Morgan Lewis Mill at St Andrew is another relic of the plantation days. Maintained by the Barbados National Trust, it is one of two restored sugar mills in the Caribbean.