Queen Elizabeth II has a representative in Bermuda, the Governor John Rankin. As Patron of the Bermuda National Trust Governor Rankin will officially open the ICNT – with real fanfare. He’s also inviting everyone back to his house for drinks!
Photo credit: The Bermuda Society
But this is not just any house. Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Bermuda and sits high on a hill just outside the capital Hamilton, with a commanding view of both the city and the sea shore. The 50-acre property was purchased for 8,500 pounds sterling in 1814, just before the capital was moved to the centre of Bermuda from St George’s. The location overlooked the developing capital below. The first Commander-in-Chief to occupy original building on the site was Scottish baronet Sir James Cockburn appointed Governor in 1811. Construction of the present Government House began in 1882 and took 10 years to complete with considerable cost overruns.
Over the years, the property has witnessed much pageantry and some tragedy. Trees have been planted in the gardens by leaders such as US President John F Kennedy and the UK’s Sir Winston Churchill.
You are cordially invited to enjoy and learn more about this historic house on 27 March.
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