St. Nicholas Abbey memorializes Benjamin Berringer’s seventeenth-century plantation
The St. Nicholas Abbey Great House in the northernmost Barbados parish of St. Peter accounts for one of three unique examples of Jacobean architecture in the Western Hemisphere. It therefore belongs on exclusive lists with:
• Bacon’s Castle, Surry County, tidewater Virginia, United States of America;
• Drax Hall Estate, St. George parish, central Barbados.
Like Drax Hall, it continues roles as:
• private residence for owner-occupants, albeit year-round, not once yearly;
• sugar cane plantation, albeit for 225 (91.05) of 400 acres (161.87 hectares) and with trucking 8 miles (12.88 kilometers) to Barbados Agricultural Management Corporations’ Portvale sugar processing factory since 1947.
Like Bacon’s Castle, it depends upon:
• community, educational, holiday, private, special, and tour events;
• on-site gift shop sales.