As one travels around Barbados it is impossible to miss the brightly colored wooden houses which dot the landscape.
These kinds of houses first appeared around the end of the 17th century when plantation workers, who were not land owners, were forced to rent what was called a “house spot” from the plantation. The houses were called chattel because they were regarded as personal property which could be, easily, dismantled and moved to another location if it became necessary to do so.
Like their more expensive counterparts, the ubiquitous “wall” house, modern chattel houses are now outfitted, not only with verandahs and bannisters, but are endowed with most of the modern amenities, including indoor plumbing.
Excellent reproductions of chattel houses can be seen at locations across the island which have been designated as Chattel House Villages. At these, so called, villages, visitors can purchase local arts and crafts, food, clothing and other items.
Chattel Houses in Barbados
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