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Par-la-Ville plans 200th anniversary party

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One of Bermuda's oldest buildings will mark its 200th anniversary next weekend with a series of celebratory events.

Par-la-Ville on Queen Street in Hamilton dates back to 1814 when it was built for William Perot and his family.

The historic structure now houses the Bermuda National Library and the Bermuda Historical Society Museum.

The anniversary celebrations next Saturday have been organised by Lyn Vaughan and the Historical Society's committee, and have been backed by Government and the Corporation of Hamilton.

The events will include musical performances and Mayor of Hamilton Graeme Outerbridge will plant a tree to mark the anniversary.

“This is one of the very few houses in Hamilton that looks very much like it did when it was first built,” Ms Vaughan said. “It is now a wonderful oasis in the middle of the city for people to come and relax.

“I was reading Behind the Rubber Tree when I first realised that Par-la-Ville would be marking its 200th anniversary in 2014.

“It was only at the beginning of this year when things really began to take shape.”

The Museum will be open for extended hours next week, between 10am and 2pm from Monday to Friday.

The anniversary celebrations will begin at 11am next Saturday on the veranda and surrounding grounds of Par-la-Ville with a performance by the Mount St Agnes Choir.

The Bermuda High School for Girls Band and the North Village Band will play during the afternoon activities.

Andrew Bermingham, president of the Historical Society, praised Ms Vaughan and the committee for their efforts.

“The committee chaired by Lyn Vaughan consisted of Ari Ming, Che Caines, Ellen Jane Hollis, Kenisha Shakir, Helle Patterson and Karla Ingemann deserves a great deal of credit,” he said. “They were also supported by library staff to make this event a reality.

“I would also like to thanks executive member, Tim Rogers, for his walking tours of Hamilton.”

Par-la-Ville was built in 1814 for William Perot's family
Now, Par-la-Ville houses the National Library

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Published December 05, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 05, 2014 at 12:26 am)

Par-la-Ville plans 200th anniversary party

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