Nevisian Heritage Village Architecture
Get ready to celebrate in style because the Nevisian Heritage Village at Fothergills in Gingerland is turning 20 on Wednesday, February 22, 2023! It’s going to be a day filled with fun and excitement as the Ministry of Tourism has planned some incredible events to mark this auspicious occasion.
According to Mr. John Hanley, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, there will be an official ceremony, cultural performances, a display of cultural items, the sale of traditional food and beverage, and a soft opening of the Heritage Café and the Heritage Gift Shop. So make sure to mark your calendars and be there at 10 a.m. sharp to join in the festivities!
The Nevisian Heritage Village is an open-air museum that showcases the evolution of Nevisian social history through housing. It was conceptualized by the late Hon. Malcolm Guishard, a former Minister of Tourism and Culture in the NIA, and is under the care of the Ministry of Tourism.
The village features houses from the Carib Indian (#ad) era, furnished with antiques and relics of their relevant periods, along with a blacksmith’s shop, a rum shop, and a shoemaker’s shop. To complete the traditional village setting, there are “backyard” gardens, flower gardens, and various species of indigenous plants and shrubs.
At the 15th anniversary of the village in February 2018, the Ministry of Tourism honored the late Mr. Guishard for the establishment of the facility and erected a portrait of him at the entrance to the facility. Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis, praised Mr. Guishard’s efforts, calling him a visionary who had the ability to see far into the future and understand the importance of creating lasting monuments to our cultural heritage.
So come out and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Nevisian Heritage Village, and learn more about the rich history of Nevis! It’s sure to be a day filled with fun, culture, and lots of delicious food and drinks!