Historic Tucker House
- Last Updated: Friday, 01 February 2019 10:32
Tucker House, located on Water Street in the heart of St. George’s, was built in the 1750s and celebrates its most famous inhabitants, the Tuckers. Henry Tucker, President of the Governor’s Council, moved into the house in 1775; his family remained there until 1809. A magnificent collection of Tucker family silver, china and crystal, antique English mahogany and Bermuda cedar furniture, portraits by Joseph Blackburn, and exquisite hand-sewn quilts are just some of the treasures on view.
Guided tours are catered to accommodate your special interest. Learn about life in old St. George's and Bermuda in general, Bermudian architecture or the Tucker Collection. Did you know that Bermuda played a part in the American Revolution a.k.a. the American War of Independance (1775-1783)? Ask our museum guide to tell you how the Tuckers were involved.
It is believed that Joseph Rainey, a free black man from South Carolina, operated a barber shop in or near the kitchen at Tucker House from 1862-1865. Rainey and his wife arrived in Bermuda during 1862, after escaping the South due to the American Civil War. Rainey must have lead a busy life in the local community as a barber and lodge member and his wife also established herself as a successful dressmaker.
Following the end of the Civil War Rainey and his wife returned to the Carolinas in 1866 where he involved himself in politics, joining the executive committee of the state Republican Party. Rainey became the first African American to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives, serving South Carolina's 1st District from 12 December 1870 - 3 March 1879.
See the place where they worked and possibly lived in St. George's by visiting the Tucker House Kitchen.
The cellar houses a permanent archaeology exhibit providing intriguing glimpses into the daily lives of the building’s occupants over the centuries. The artefacts and display panels also chronicle the Tucker Family’s connection to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, through Henry Tucker's brother, St. George. Come and find out what they ate and what they owned!
Location: 5 Water Street, St. George's
Phone: (441) 297-0545
Bus Routes: 1, 3, 10, 11
Ferry to St. George’s: Apr-Nov only, orange route
Hours of Operation in December:
Wednesdays 11am -3 pm
All BNT Museums are closed on Public Holidays.
All historic houses can be opened for a private tour by appointment with Anna Ridgeway firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee for a one hour long private tour is $50.00.
Entrance fee for visits to Verdmont, Globe Hotel and Tucker House is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. Combo Tickets are available for $10.00 at the above historic sites and also at Waterville in Paget. These tickets provide three museum entrances for the price of two!