National Trust of Guyana

Monument Type: Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne)

Highbury Monument

Location: East Bank Berbice  Classification: Historic Settlement & Commemorative Monument  Period/ Year Built: Before 1838  Historical Background / Description:  Highbury is located on the East Bank of Berbice, some 19 kilometres (12 miles) from New Amsterdam. Once known as Plantation Highbury, this estate was the first to receive East Indian Indentured servants on May 5, …

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New Amsterdam National Library

Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice  Classification: Community  Period/ Year Built: 1953  Historical Background / Description:  The New Amsterdam National Library is located in Vryman’s Erven, New Amsterdam. The library was officially opened as a branch of the Public Free Library on April 23, 1953, by Sir Frank McDavid, C.M.G., C.B.E., Chairman of the Public Free Library …

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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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New Central Jama Masjid

Location: Main Street, New Amsterdam  Typology: Religious  Period/ Year Built: Circa 1995  Historical Background / Description:  The Central Jama Masjid on Main Street, New Amsterdam, was declared opened by the late President Dr. Cheddi Jagan in 1995. The first masjid was erected in 1935 as a flat wooden structure. This two-storey concrete masjid illustrates features …

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State House (Government House – New Amsterdam)

Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice  Classification: Governmental  Period/ Year Built: Unknown  Historical Background / Description:  Government House, formally known as State House, is located on Strand Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice. The building was once the home of the Dafson’s Sugar Estate Manager during the period when the Dafsons owned and operated Blairmont and other sugar estates. …

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Winkel Settlement

Location: New Amsterdam, BerbiceClassification: Historic SettlementPeriod/ Year Built: Established 1812 Historical Background / Description:The community of Winkel is bounded by the New Amsterdam Prison’s farm on the north, Vryheid Street on the south, Smythfield on the east and Penitential Walk on the west. The word Winkel is Dutch in origin meaning shop and the area …

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Barakara (Baracara)

Location: Upper Canje, Berbice  Classification: Historic Settlement  Period/ Year Built: Established Mid-19th century  Historical Background / Description: Barakara (Baracara) is a small community located approximately 120.7 kilometres (75 miles) from the town of New Amsterdam, Berbice, on the left Bank of the Canje River. The Barakara Mission was first established at a location referred to …

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Canje River Bridge

Location: Canje, Berbice  Classification: Civil Infrastructure  Period/ Year Built: 1978  Historical Background / Description:  The Canje River Bridge is located at the entrance of New Amsterdam, Berbice. The bridge is the second structure to span the Canje River. The first bridge, the Canje Swing Bridge was located a short distance away from the current structure. …

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Rose Hall Martyrs’ Memorial

Location: Canje, Berbice  Classification: Commemorative Monument  Period/ Year Built: 2014  Historical Background / Description:  The Rose Hall Martyrs’ Memorial is located in Canje, Berbice, within the vicinity of the Rose Hall Sugar Estate. The monument was built as a memorial for the 15 indentured-servants who died during the 1913 strike action that occurred on the …

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Cumberland Open-Air Mosque

Location: Canje, Berbice  Classification: Religious  Period/ Year Built: Current structure built circa 1932  Historical Background / Description:  The Cumberland Open-Air Mosque is located in the community of Cumberland in Canje, Berbice. The mosque’s existence can be traced back to the late 19th century when East Indian indentured servants erected a shrine to worship in. The …

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