Major plans are afoot to showcase several aspects of the British Virgin Islands’ history and culture as part of the move to revamp Old Government House in Road Town.
Dr Michael Kent, a member of the committee in charge of the undertaking, told BVI News on Thursday that the grounds of the current garden at Old Government House will be dedicated to various critical historical aspects.
“At the moment, we got the basic template of what it is we are trying to do with the garden, and it is likely that we will concentrate on the garden to have something open for the season late this year,” he said.
“We are going to make the garden into a museum landscape, dividing the garden into sections each representing different areas, each dedicating to a different aspect of Virgin Islands history, the Governor’s relationship with the Virgin Islands, and the United Kingdom’s relationship.”
Dr Kent explained that there would be a pergola at the top of the garden equipped with waterproof speakers so persons can listen to recordings of testimonies of life in the territory in the 20s, 30s and 40s.
“We are also going to have fungi music so people are going to have a real flavour of music just by sitting in the pergola,” he added.
Meanwhile, plans for a stone oven, a coal pit, a Tortola sloop sculpture and a section to honour men and women from the territory and Commonwealth who served in the United Kingdom armed forces and medicinal plants will also be part of the upgrade.
A fundraiser to help finance the initiative was held on the property on Thursday.
Millie Jaspert, wife of Governor Augustus Jaspert, who spearheaded the ‘Love Old Government House’ initiative in January said the fundraiser was one of many to come.
“We are working hard to raise money. It is just a beautiful place, but it was so damaged by the hurricanes that it has been closed since 2017,” she said.
The Old Government House Committee partnered with Cedar International School’s drama club to present several performances from Shakespeare at the fundraising event.
The committee is hoping to raise $500,000 to undertake the proposed works.
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