The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 43, Issue 1

Article 1
Vernacular Houses and Domestic Material Culture on Barbadian Sugar Plantations, 1640–1838

Jerome S. Handler
Stephanie Bergman


This paper describes the houses and household furnishings of the enslaved people on Barbadian sugar plantations, and traces the development and changes in architectural forms, including wattle-and-daub, stone, and wooden plank dwellings, over the several centuries of slavery on the island. We also treat the housing policies of plantation owners/managers, and explore possible African and European cultural influences on the Barbadian vernacular housing tradition that emerged during the period of slavery.