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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lost to Time ~ A real Barbadian Treasure




Interesting little find I ran across as I was researching one day for my next series called the Exiled Lords which will be set in Barbados, West Indies during the regency era. Sam Lord was a famous buccaneer who amassed great wealth during the late regency era by luring ships into the coral reefs. He hung lanterns out along the beaches in front of his Georgian mansion making the distant ships out to sea believe they sailed close to the large port of Bridgetown harbor and they would run aground, sinking just off shore. The loot and bodies would wash ashore and legend has it he hid the wealth in underground caves along the beach.
A treasure which legend has it was never found. You can find out more about this piece of history here: http://www.totallybarbados.com/barbados/About_Barbados/Local_Information/Barbados_Parishes/St_Philip/

The beautiful mansion was later turned into a five-star hotel. Due to lack of funds, the owners let it rot and eventually it was burned to the ground in 2010. History lost to politics because no one wanted to stake a claim and fix it. So sad.
Perhaps the stories and pictures will be enough to remember history as it once was but truthfully once our history is gone, it’s gone. Let’s never lose sight of why we are who we are and how we made it here. Let’s keep our history vibrant, alive and well for the next generation. Stories like this sadden me greatly and cement the reason I write in the historical genre. Treasures like this can found the world over. Let’s not lose another piece of our puzzle to time, let’s help them live and breathe life into a new generation of history lovers. Without our past, we will never know where we are going or how we got there.
Let's take just a brief moment to remember why we love this genre as we much as we do. I’ve passed my love of history onto my children and hopefully their children will love it as well. I hope to one day visit the remains of Sam Lord's Castle and other small, hidden treasures like it. What about you? How has our past impacted your life and what are some of the little treasures you’d love to pass on to the next generation?

A haunting video of the castle's last moments. It gives me chills every time I watch it. 

18 comments:

  1. Suzie, your next series sounds a like a good read waiting to happen. However, I figure I better jump on before my day gets crazy on I forget to comment.
    To be honest I never really cared for history in high school, I focused on just getting a grade in the class. Few years later I was attending a history class at my Community College. Fantastic class! It was american history and really don't like american history. However, he made the class so interesting and really made you think about the impact of a single decision that you make will impact the out come of history.Plus, he also taught philosophy too. I didn't do well in that class, but I loved that class and made me appreciate history more.
    Well, I use to watch history channel when it did have history on. Now that is a sad state. Anyways, my favorite thing is going to history museums in cities, because they tell you a lot of the past. For instance if ever in St. Louis there is a museum at the bottom of the arch. Fantastic place. I can't remember the museum name something about the gateway to west. Its been about 10 years. Another one is really cool and its out of middle of no where in Grand Island, NE. I really hope that one still there as I said its been 10 years.
    However, I live in California where there is so much history that is in this state. For instance, we have the missions. In fact i live by one. Of course, it is said that the mission I live near is haunted. In the 1800s they had to move the location of the La Purisima mission, because majority was destroyed in an earthquake. My father told me that his home was once visited by a ghost when he was younger (I don't know how true that was). At the old location you can see parts of the old wall and there are plaques that talk about the earthquake and why they moved it about 5 miles away. However, its still haunted at both location. We almost lost these beautiful historical landmarks due to budget issues here. Which is sad because I remember going on field trips to these places.
    I'm really going to miss the missions and all the other museums when I leave here in 45 days. I guess I need to go finding new history museums in Montana.
    Thanks for share the pics of the Sam Lords mansion. Its a shame that it was burned.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Melody! I've loved history since I was really young due to both of my parents loving it. Our trips were to the local historical places, like Reed's Gold Mine and whatnot. In my next release which is the second story in the The Devil Ryder series I use a legend of the San Saba Mines which is a real place in Texas and part of the San Saba mission. Our history is so rich I don't think you could travel to every single historical location in a single lifetime. I love that. I'd love to actually see a mission, that part of the country is just beautiful from the little I've seen of it. We traveled to New Mexico two years ago and I was in sheer awe of it. The scenery is simply gorgeous.

      We really need more teachers like yours. I think children would love to learn more history with teachers like that. It's such a blessing that he managed to bring history into your life in a fun way. So glad you shared that with us. Have a wonderful rest of the day!

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  2. Suzie, I love your blogs on your research, because you're always researching fascinating things that I never would think of. How awful that this mansion burned down recently! At least it survived until the modern era, though, so we have pictures.

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    1. So true but I hate that politics got in the way and the owners let it rot for many years. History should be preserved, and not taken for granted. Such a sad thing. Thanks for stopping in, Catherine!

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  3. Suzie,

    What an interesting blog. I agree with Catherine. You have the best research blogs.

    I love historic homes, so it always makes me sad when one is destroyed. Our small town has made an effort now to preserve historic sites, but years ago the courthouse was torn down (long before I moved here). People are still outraged by that decision. The only good part is they preserved part of it & now it's part of a wall at the post office. I think I'll take a picture of it today and post it on FB.

    There are tons of old houses that could be restored, but who wants to do that when the property taxes are so high? Not to mention the costs of construction. I think the city should give some incentive, because everyone is moving to neighboring towns with lower property taxes. Perhaps I should run for city council! LOL

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    1. There ya go! I would totally vote for you, Samantha! LOL. But you're right, there should be some incentive. Unfortunately, this place was run by a big corporation and rumor has it that insurance money was the cause of the fire. That's speculation of course, but there again, politics and money sometimes muddle things. I'm really glad they saved at least a part of the courthouse, Samantha. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Suzie,
    What an interesting story! I can't wait to read your next series! I love history, and having lived in Mobile for five years, I especially love historical mansions. It makes me sad when I see them in shambles.

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    1. Oh, you and me both. So sad. I know Alabama is full of historical places so you have lots to do within traveling distance. I love that about NC because you really don't have to travel far in order to take a little trip down memory lane. Thanks for stopping in, Julie!

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  5. I do love history - most of my vacations involve visiting historic sites around the globe. It's always sad to see a famous home or monument go by the wayside, but sometimes I think the bad Karma must just catch up with it! The vision of bodies washing up on the shore would probably keep me from lounging on that particular stretch of beach, lol.
    Still, history is fascinating, warts and all - and we always have something to learn from it!

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  6. And you know you live my dream life, Erin. I love to look at your pictures on FB because you've visited all the places I want to go. And you may be right about the Karma. It's just sad because it really was a fascinating part of history. Sam Lord's life story was interesting and I'm enjoying reading about him. I'm thinking he'll play a major role in one of my books. ^^ I love working out the little details of a fiction book based off a true story. So much fun. Thanks for stopping by, Erin!

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  7. I've always loved history. It was one of my best subjects in school, and I find it one of the most interesting parts of writing historical romance.
    There's a lot of history here in North Carolina, and where I grew up in CT, there was a lot of history. The town I grew up in was founded in the early 17oos, and one of my friends lived in a house where part of it was built in 1800. It was so cool. The floor was stone, and tilted, and the wood portion was old too, added on around 1900. I remember thinking it was the coolest house ever. :)

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    1. You and me both, Olivia! It's one of the best things about living in NC is all the history. I love, love, love really old houses. They have a certain smell to them but they are truly lovely. Thanks for stopping in!

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  8. So sad to see something like this slip away! but your series sounds so interesting! Can't wait!

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    1. Thanks Deb! I love to stumble on little things like this during researching. It often takes me to a whole new plotline lol. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Suzie ~ Wonderful post. I hate to see history disappear. Last year my son and I were watching the history channel and they have a fund to preserve US historical sites. As soon as my son saw the commercial, he begged me to donate. That wouldn't help in Barbados (which is a stunning country!) but every little bit helps. If anyone is interested, here's the link for the fund. http://www.history.com/give150

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    1. I love the fact that your son encouraged you to donate. That is truly the real accomplishment here. Kudo's to raising an awesome kid, Ava! And thanks for the link you're absolutely right, every little bit helps. Here's to keeping out history alive!

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  10. I can't believe that beautiful mansion was burned to the ground! Thanks for sharing it with us, Suzie!

    And I'm with Deb, a series that takes place in Barbados sounds so exciting!!!

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    1. Thanks Marquita! It really should be a crime honestly. Such a beautiful place and the beaches it's on are stunning. Thanks so much for commenting, it's wonderful to see so many history lovers!

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