Grenade Hall combines a restored signal station and a natural forest to create a wonderful attraction for history and nature lovers. The entry fee you pay will not only allow you access to the Grenade Hall Forest and Signal Station but also to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. The signal station offers patrons fantastic views of the East Coast of Barbados due to its high vantage point. This high vantage point was necessary as when the station was originally constructed in 1819 as part of the 6 signal stations placed across the island after the 1816 slave rebellion, it was a communication means across the island. It was ideal for communicating to the military base at the Garrison Savannah when ships were approaching the island or for notifying of impending slave rebellions. Due to the introduction of the telephone to the island, the station suffered from neglect and was at one point buried under tons of foliage. However, it has now been restored as a tourist attraction in the island, where persons can see exhibitions, including artefacts and audio tapes. So, the ideal lookout point for communication in the 1800s is now an ideal vantage point for viewing the beauty of Barbados.
The tropical woodland forest near the signal station is also open for exploration. Guides will educate you about the many healing powers of the plants in existence and also how people around the world use them as such. Also, you will also see some wild life including the Green Monkeys. The coral stone educational pathway has many sign boards providing entertaining questions and answers to provide a relaxing yet educational experience. Tours of the area are available from 10 to 5. For more information, contact 422-8826.
“Interesting Diversion” – StephenIre
Just beside the Wildlife Reserve, the Signal Station is a gentle 200 meter or so walk. Entry is included in the Wildlife Reserve ticket. The signal station has been completely renovated. It has some artefacts on the lower floor, a history of the station and the development of telecommunications on the first and second, and an oral history playing in the background. Great views across the island.
“A quiet area with kind of history lesson” – ukuehne
Enjoy the panorama from the signal tower and learn a little bit about Barbados’ history. It’s far more than just beaches… The area is well maintained and worth a visit. Listen to the spoken story telling and dig into the history of old Barbados.
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