Pasture Piece is hosting a Christmas Market today, Thursday, December 17. Come get a historic tour around Pasture Piece from 5:00pm to 10:00pm while you check out the vendors displaying their amazing holiday items. There will also be a fashion show! Please wear your masks.
There’s an upward trend in buying local and coming out to support our own! Don’t let the trend end! Come out today to Pasture Piece for vendors of all kinds! Some of what you can expect are tables from special creatives like Arthouse, Simple Elegance, Purrfect Bath Essentials, Ms. Vee’s Vision, The Cookie Family, and Hair Treatz by Jessie. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to shop for this season, there’s a little bit of everything at the event.
About Pasture Piece
Have you ever spent time in a National monument? A quaint and picturesque setting for memorable events, this wooden house in Dutch Cul de Sac was listed as one in 2005 and will soon reopen as a small bed & breakfast and event venue. Natasha Richardson and her husband Alexis Bryan have taken it over and will offer visitors a break from the hustle and bustle. Take a glimpse into the olden days and into Richardson’s family history as you get your Instagram game ready for the historical goodness!
In colonial days, Pasture Piece belonged to the van Romondt family as part of the vast Retreat Estate. It was both passed down and bought, mostly within the family, and now belongs to a Richardson. Her grandparents lived in it as she was growing up, so the home holds tender memories for Natasha.
Natasha stated that, according to records at the Kadaster, the house itself has roots that run as far back as 1902. Over the years, changes have been made, like expansions and incorporating the kitchen and bathroom into the main building; but the house still has much of its novel charm and structure. Wouldn’t you want to experience the simpler feelings of a piece of history in a time where technology is so prevalent?
Built for island vibes, the wooden house, with a traditional hipped style roof, has held up against many hurricanes with almost minimal damage. There are very few homes that can boast that in this post-Irma time. Many will recognise the traditional building, with decorative details, propped up by stone wall, and noticeable from L.B. Scott Road. The property has, in recent years, housed a doctor’s clinic, mental health facility and two children’s organisations.
Now that it’s been designated as a monument, one of the challenges is to repair and make it comfortable with modern amenities, while preserving the architecture and sense of place. Bryan, a contractor and architect with experience working with older buildings, has been key in this process. Recent renovations have been made possible by the Prins Bernard Cultural Fund Caribbean region, as well as family and friends.
The property includes one main hall, which can be used for business meetings or any festive event, and three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, one of which is ready to accommodate guests when Pasture Piece opens to the public very soon. The two remaining bedrooms, which are adjoined, are expected to be completed in the coming months. There’s lots of garden space; and a breezy, shaded seating area on the back porch makes for a relaxing, private atmosphere where guests can maintain social distance easily.