National Trust of Guyana

Monument Type: New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam Town Hall & Market

Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice  Classification: Community  Period/ Year Built: Circa 1868  Historical Background / Description: The New Amsterdam Town Council was established by a special ordinance in 1844. The Town Hall is located at Lot 14 Strand Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice. The two-storey timber edifice was constructed circa 1868. Features of the structure include a …

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Berbice High School

Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice  Classification: Educational  Period/ Year Built: Established 1916  Historical Background / Description:  Berbice High School, located at the junction of North and Princess Elizabeth Roads, was established in 1916, by the Canadian Presbyterian Church. The school which was initially an all-boys institution stationed on the lower floor of Reverend James Amos Scrimgeour’s …

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Fort Canje Mandir/Temple

Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice  Classification: Religious  Period/ Year Built: Early 20th century Historical Background / Description:  The Dharm Shala is a humanitarian organisation which was established on April 21, 1921, by Pandit Ramsaroop Maraj who was a descendant of indentured servants. The temple was built by the Dharm Shala in the early 20th century and …

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Canje Bridge

The Canje Bridge at Fort Canje, Berbice was erected as a replacement for the Canje Swing Bridge. It was opened on February 23, 1978, by the then Minister of Works and Transport, Steve Naraine. Designed by American firm Raymond and Harris Corporation of New York, the bridge has a width of 10 metres (33 feet), …

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Church of Ascension

Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice  Classification: Religious  Period/ Year Built: Circa 1844  Historical Background / Description:  The Church of Ascension is located at Lot 20 Main and Pope Streets, New Amsterdam. Prior to 1836, the town (New Amsterdam) had no Catholic churches and a committee was appointed to raise funds for a church for the Catholics …

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State House (Governor House)

This 19th  century edifice is located with its main façade on Main Street and bordering New Market and Carmichael Streets, Cummingsburg, Georgetown, and is the official residence of the Executive Presidents of Guyana. The Structure was formerly known as Governor House and is sometimes referred to as Guyana House. In British Guiana, housing for crowned …

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Ebenezer Lutheran Church

Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice  Classification: Religious Period/ Year Built: Established circa 1742, present building built circa 1964  Historical Background / Description:  The Ebenezer Lutheran Church is the oldest established religious Institution in Guyana and one of the oldest church bodies in South America. Some historians believed that Lutherans from the nearby Dutch Colony Surinam (now …

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All Saints Anglican Church

Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice  Classification: Religious  Period/ Year Built: Completed 1837, consecrated 1839  Historical Background / Description:  All Saints’ Anglican Church is located at the corner of Main and Trinity Streets, New Amsterdam. The Anglicans (known then as the Church of England) can be traced back to 1811 in the colony of Berbice. They shared …

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New Amsterdam Town Hall

The New Amsterdam Town Hall is  located on Strand Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice. It  was constructed circa 1868, and houses the offices of the Town Council. The building is described as having Tudor influences, a typical example of Guyana’s timber architecture. Originally, the Town Hall had a tower 22.8 meters (75 feet) high with a …

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Ituni Masonic Temple

Location: New Amsterdam, BerbiceClassification: CommunityPeriod/ Year Built: Completed circa 1897 Historical Background / Description:The Ituni Masonic Temple is located on Ferry Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice. It is the home to one of Guyana’s oldest fraternities, the Freemasons. The two-storey suspended timber structure was acquired on December 29, 1896, and was consecrated on September 20, 1897. …

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