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THIS FEBRUARY WE GATHERIN' IN ST. PETER

CELEBRATE OUR HERITAGE

  • This parish was the only parish out of the eleven to be named after The Christian Apostle and patron, Saint Peter
  • It was the island’s chief cash crop during its colonial period
  • Speightstown was the first major port and commercial centre of Barbados
  • The City was named after William Speight a former member of Barbados’ first Assembly during the colonial years
  • In the 17th Century it served as one of the main ports connecting the island to the mother country ‘England’
  • Speightstown was sometimes called “Little Bristol” because of the trading connections with Bristol in England
  • Farley Hill is a ruin of a Georgian mansion which was built by Sir graham Briggs
  • After the mansion was destroyed in 1965 by fire the property was acquired by the Barbados Government
  • On February 15,1966 Queen Elizabeth II officially open the grounds as the Farley Hill National Park
  • The forest of mahogany tress in Farley Hill National Park are transformed into the stage for musical and theatrical events several times a year, including The Barbados Jazz Festival and Gospelfest
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