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.