Curaçao is currently an independent country that belongs to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao was previously a colony of the Netherlands. The island was divided between private owners who managed plantations. Houses were built on these plantations so that the owners and the family could live here. Almost all plantation houses were built on a hill so that they had a good overview of the plantation.
When slavery was abolished, many plantations had to close. They no longer had slaves who did the heavy labor, so the plantation houses were no longer important. After many plantation houses had lapsed, the people decided to redecorate these " Land houses " because this is characteristic of what happened in Curaçao. It is therefore also very interesting to visit these Land houses during your stay in Curaçao. In this way you get to know the history of Curaçao well, but also to form a picture of it.
Ascencion Land house
Ascencion Land house has existed since 1672 and is located in a former Indian village. It is a large and spacious Land house and beautifully restored. You can still find original furniture there. The Land house has been beautifully restored and also furnished with the original furniture. At this moment the Land house is also used by the Dutch Navy.
Do you want to take a look? Every Thursday at 9 a.m. there is a tour in the Land house and every first Sunday of the month they have an Open House.
Large Santa Martha Land house
Land house Groot Santa Martha dates from 1700 and is also called Land house Groot Sint Maarten. What makes this Land house special is that it is U-shaped. There are only a few Land houses with this shape. This Land house is one of the largest Land houses on Curaçao.
Currently there is a foundation in it and it is being used as a workplace for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. The nice thing is that there is also a greenhouse here with beautiful tropical plants.
You can visit this Land house from Monday to Friday between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM.
Dokterstuin Land house
Dokterstuin Land house is a special Land house dating from the 17th century. It is a large Land house with two floors and a special garden. Around the second half of the 19thcentury, the government bought this house and doctors came to live in it. Today it has been restored and a restaurant is being operated.
You can taste delicious local dishes here and, in the meantime, enjoy the beautiful garden and old furniture that is still there.