Verdmont Smiths Reviews
Verdmont House Musuem Sep 09, 2010
Verdmont house was built about 1710 by John Dickinson, a prominent colonial ship owner. The grounds of Verdmont once stretched all the way across Bermuda's Smith's Parish. Unlike most houses of the time, Verdmont was built on a hill. Verdmont incorporates aspects of the Georgian architectural symmetry that would dominate the 18th century together with 17th century influences.
The house remained in the family until the mid-19th century when it was sold. Descendants lived in the house until 1951, never modernizing it with indoor plumbing or electricity. It is an excellently preserved early 18th century house. The house testifies to Bermuda's role as a trade crossroads. Floors were made of Bermuda Cedar while the walls of of Georgia Pine. The Bermuda National Trust has furnished the house with many examples of Bermuda Cedar furniture made on the island. A desk, two highboys, and a daybed (chaise longue) are among the pieces to see. Also on display are several Bermuda "Parrot-Back" chairs--the cut-out backs show two parrots in profile.
The third floor attic contains displays about the people who lived at Verdmont, including the slaves who were there until Emancipation in 1834.
Photography is not permitted inside. The grounds are open and there is a small garden with a view down the hill and out to sea. The detached kitchen has been preserved as offices.
Admission is $5. (A $10 combination ticket includes Vermont, the Tucker House, and the Bermuda Trust Museum.)
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