George Washington House (Barbados)
In 1751–at the age of 19– George Washington was traveling with his ailing, half-brother, Lawrence. They stopped–at what is now known as the George Washington House.
In 2011, the property was designated as “UNESCO protected” within the World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison area.
It is believed Barbados is the only country outside the present United States that George Washington ever visited.
During a 1997 official visit to Barbados with her husband, President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton unveiled a plaque outside the house that reads:
On the occasion of his visit to Barbados this plaque was presented by President William Jefferson Clinton to The Right Honourable Owen S. Arthur, Prime Minister, and to the People of Barbados in a spirit of friendship and goodwill which binds our two countries and in recognition that George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, lived in this house during his visit to this fair country in 1751.
The house is owned and maintained by the Barbados National Trust.
Photographs: J. Jaffe