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Tobago Historical Architecture

The architecture of Tobago includes not only historic buildings but water wheels and sugar mills.

Arnos Vale Water Wheel and Nature Park, Arnos Vale
This is Tobago’s best-preserved waterwheel, once the main source of power to a sugar factory. The intrinsic historical character of this site has been well preserved and expanded to offer walking trails, an outdoor restaurant and theatre.

Governor’s House/The President’s House Government House Road

The Governor’s House at Mt. William was completed in 1828. After its completion, it was occupied only when Governors resident in Trinidad visited the island. It is now the official residence of the President of Trinidad and Tobago.

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
Bacolet Street, Scarborough

In 1816, an Act was passed for the building of this church in Scarborough. The building was completed in 1819 and consecrated by Rev. W.S. Wilson. In 1963, the original building was destroyed by hurricane Flora. The present building was erected on the old foundation. Memorial plaques adorn the walls of the Church and in particular that to Sir William Young, the Governor, who died in 1815.

Richmond Great House
Richmond village

The most elegant surviving plantation Great House in Tobago dating from 1766, with early 20th Century wooden and brass African and Chinese furniture. Also containing a collection of African textiles and carvings, it is now used as a guesthouse with an outdoor restaurant and a swimming pool. 

Sugar Mill at Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel

The Sugar Mill at Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel was the power center of the sugar works for the Old Grange Estate which was erected in the latter part of the 18th Century.  The collapse of the sugar industry in 1887 brought its usefulness to an end. Today it is the centerpiece of the Sugarmill Restaurant at the Mount Irvine Bay Hotel.

Speyside Waterwheel

This wheel was erected in the late 18th Century or early 19th Century. The waterwheel and related machinery were used to grind sugar and were made in Scotland. With the collapse of the sugar industry in 1887, this and other mills became obsolete. It is now one of the many reminders of Tobago’s past.

The House of Assembly or Old Court House Scarborough

This building overlooks James Park in upper Scarborough.  His Excellency Governor General Sir F.P. Robinson laid the foundation stone on April 23rd, 1821.  Upon completion in 1825, the building housed the island’s Legislature and Judiciary. The building is now used as the island’s Central Administration building, where it houses the Chamber of the Tobago House of Assembly, the local Government on the island.

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