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View of the front

Verdmont, located at 6 Verdmont Lane, off Sayle Road, at the top of Collector’s Hill, in Smith's Parish, Bermuda is a historic house built c. 1710, now operated as a museum by the Bermuda National Trust. It is essentially structurally unchanged since it was built and it became a museum in 1956. The house is listed as part of Bermuda's "African Diaspora Heritage Trail", part of UNESCO's Slave Route Project.[1]

In the 17th century, before the house was built, the property belonged to William Sayle, who left Bermuda to become the first governor of South Carolina in 1670. The house was built by John Dickinson who was a shipowner and was the speaker of the House of Assembly of Bermuda from 1707 to 1710.[2] Among its later owners was the painter and judge John Green. The house has four large chimneys and contains collections of antique Bermuda cedarwood furniture, Bermuda portraits, and English and Chinese porcelain.[3] The period-style gardens have a panoramic view over Bermuda's south shore and include roses, herbs, and other plants cultivated in the 18th century.[4][3]

Interior showing part of the portrait collection and Bermuda cedar panelling

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "African Diaspora Heritage Trail" (PDF). African Diaspora Heritage Trail. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  2. ^ Darwin Porter; Danforth Prince (2011). Frommer's Bermuda 2012. John Wiley & Sons. p. 224. ISBN 9781118141465. Retrieved 15 February 2013. p. 134
  3. ^ a b "Museums & Historic Buildings, Verdmont". Bermuda National Trust. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Museum Register". Retrieved 14 February 2013.

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