Historic Places in Trouble
12/1/2001
George Washington house and others.

George Washington Slept Here

During his only trip abroad, George Washington stayed for seven weeks in 1751 in a one-story house in Barbados. Centuries later, the house is being preserved as a piece of history and a genealogical center, according to Reuters. The Barbados National Trust hopes to raise $2.5 million to restore the George Washington House, planning a museum, screening rooms and a center where Americans can trace their roots to 17th-century Barbados. About 7 million Americans have ancestors from this popular tourist island, where in the 1660s, residents left to settle in South Carolina. Experts from Colonial Williamsburg have completed several archaeological digs at the house, uncovering artifacts dating from the time Washington stayed there. The George Washington House is slated to open in 2003.