WHY SUPPORT ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY
One of the last surviving and intact plantations in the Caribbean, St. Nicholas Abbey plays a significant role in the region's historic preservation. Little has changed here in the past 350 years; the sugar cane rustles in the breeze, the green monkeys swing through the lush gullies and the majestic Mahogany trees tower over Cherry Tree Hill, an ancient Arawak Indian passageway.
Maintaining its original boundaries set in the 17th century, St. Nicholas Abbey encompasses over 350 acres of sugar cane fields, natural gullies and forests on an island that has seen significant commercial development in recent decades. The Plantation offers an oasis from the complexity of modern life; walking through its gates is like stepping through a portal to a simpler place and time.
St. Nicholas Abbey's great house is an architectural gem in its own merit, featuring the elegant curvilinear gables and ornamental detail typical of Jacobean design. In fact, St, Nicholas Abbey is one of just three Jacobean mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere; the other two are Drax Hall, also in Barbados, and Bacon's Castle in Virginia, USA. Throughout its history, few changes have been made to the property, making it one of the world's most stunning examples of the architectural style surviving today.
In the course of its 350-year history, St. Nicholas Abbey has seen its share of love, fame and fortune, as well as lust, despair and even murder. Its owners have been successful businessmen and leaders in their respective fields; some were political opportunists who played integral roles in America's early development. In fact, a bid has been made for St. Nicholas Abbey to obtain status as an international site of importance in United States History, which would provide both needed recognition and support in maintaining the Plantation for future generations.
It is the Warren Family's utmost goal, with the assistance of both private and public support, to restore and maintain St. Nicholas Abbey as an historic legacy for us all. We welcome you to learn more about St. Nicholas Abbey's history as well as the on-going initiatives that you can support as part of this goal.
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