Garrison Historic Area

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Garrison Historic Area
THE STONE BARRACKS IN GARRISON HISTORIC DISTRICT - BARBADOS.jpg
The Stone Barracks in the Garrison Historic Area
Location Bridgetown, Barbados
Coordinates 13°5′48″N 59°36′50″W / 13.09667°N 59.61389°W / 13.09667; -59.61389Coordinates: 13°5′48″N 59°36′50″W / 13.09667°N 59.61389°W / 13.09667; -59.61389
Official name: Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, vi
Designated 2011
Reference No. 1376
State Party Barbados
Region Americas

St. Ann's Garrison, or more commonly known as "The Garrison", is a small district located in the country of Barbados. This Garrison Historic Area is situated about 2 miles south of Heroes Square in the capital-city Bridgetown, and just west of the village of Hastings in the neighbouring parish of Christ Church. It is dominated by its historic horse race-track, located on the 30 acre parade ground called the Garrison Savannah. The Garrison area additionally contains many historic buildings including barracks for military personnel. The district is bisected by Highway 7, with Saint Ann's Fort, where the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is based, lying to the west.

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During both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Garrison was the base and headquarters for members of the British West Indies Regiment in Barbados. In 1751, leader of the American Revolution and first president of the United States, George Washington, stayed at the district's Bush Hill section for six weeks with his sick brother. This restored property remains as a fixture at the Garrison where it is simply called the 'George Washington House'.[1] By the middle of the eighteenth century wealthy prominent Barbadians and regiment troops started the sporting tradition of horse racing at the Garrison racetrack.

On 30 November 1966 the Garrison Historic Area was the location where the ceremony was held for the lowering of the Union Flag (the flag of the United Kingdom), and the raising of the Barbados flag, thus ushering in full independence for the country of Barbados from the United Kingdom.

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