The Bermuda National Trust invites the public to come to Verdmont Museum for a free open house on Saturday [Oct 14].
A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda National Trust is inviting everyone to Verdmont Museum for a free open house on Saturday 14 October. Built about 1700, Verdmont is one of the earliest surviving houses in Bermuda. It represents generations of Bermudian families and honours the memory of those enslaved there. The open house will feature heritage experiences for all ages, with an array of family-friendly displays and activities.
“Children’s activities will include a scavenger hunt, old-style games, quill writing and miniature goats to pet. Family-friendly stations throughout the two-acre property and four-floor house will focus on archaeology, descendant stories, collections care and insights, medicinal and culinary traditional knowledge, Bermudian built heritage and historic conservation skills, and other threads from the Verdmont story.
“A number of community groups are lending their talents to the day. The Bermuda Rose Society will show old Bermuda roses and discuss their pruning and propagation and the Plein Air group will be painting in the grounds and selling their artwork. There will be musical performances by students from Justified Melodies Music Hope Camp [JMMHC] . There will be free teas to sample, and volunteer-baked treats for a donation.
“We want everyone to feel welcome to this 300-year-old African Diaspora Heritage Trail Site,” said Dr. Charlotte Andrews, BNT’s Head of Cultural Heritage. “Collector’s Hill and Smith’s Parish residents are particularly welcome, since many today live on what was once the original 90-acre Verdmont property stretching from the North to South Shore. The Trust also hopes to give a special welcome to taxi drivers, tour operators and other cultural tourism ambassadors. As a site of shared heritage, Verdmont is relevant to all Bermudians, and anyone living in or visiting our island.”
“The Verdmont Open House takes place on Saturday 14 October from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is free. Verdmont is located off Collector’s Hill, Smith’s Parish and parking for the event will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 23 South Road. A shuttle bus will be available to transport attendees to and from Verdmont. Drop-offs for level access for those with disabilities can be made at the Sayle Road entrance off Collector’s Hill. For more information, visit bnt.bm or contact email@example.com or 236-6483.”
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