Did you know that Balcony House may be the oldest house in the city of Nassau? Not the oldest building but oldest residential home, records as far back as 1788 report a small structure on the property. This map and historical time will place Balcony House in the Loyalist era.
History of this structure become interesting between18410-1844 when the house was sold to Stephen Dillet a native of Haiti who later became the first black person to win an election as a representative for the city of Nassau. He went on to leave an indelible mark on the Bahamian Society.
Parts of house are said to come from local ships at the time and the detached kitchen is an indication of the age of the building. The property changed hands many times through the years but eventually fell into the possession of the Central Bank of the Bahamas in 1985 was restored in 1992 and opened as a museum in 1994. The house has undergone further renovation in recent years and is presently opened for business. It is located on market st across from the central bank, there is no charge but donations are accepted.
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