The National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago was established by Act No. 11 of 1991 (the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago Act, 1991). To complete the Act prior to its proclamation, amendments were effected by way of Act No. 31 of 1999 – the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago (Amendment) Act, 1999.

The National Trust launched its public awareness and membership drive in 2002.

The Trust is established for the purpose of:-
(a) listing and acquiring such property of interest as the Trust considers appropriate;
(b) permanently preserving lands that are property of interest and as far as practicable, retaining their natural features and conserving the animal and plant life;
(c) preserving, maintaining, repairing and servicing or, arranging for the preservation of property of interest other than land and where such property of interest comprises buildings, augmenting the amenities of such buildings and their surroundings;
(d) making provision for the access to and enjoyment of property of interest by the public;
(e) encouraging research into property of interest including, where applicable, any animal, plant or marine life associated therewith;
(f) compiling photographic or architectural records of property of interest;
(g) making the public aware of the value and beauty of the heritage of Trinidad and Tobago; and
(h) advising the Government on the conservation and preservation of property of interest and on any or all of the matters referred to above.

Nelson Island Carnival 2016Heritage Tours Regular educational tours which visit historical sites of interest in communities around Trinidad and Tobago;
Heritage Lectures Informative lectures are held by experts in various fields to promote the heritage conservation and preservation mandate of the Trust;
Landmarks Exhibition A photographic collection of seventy notable sites around Trinidad and Tobago;
Film Screening Features films promoting aspects of our heritage;
Festival Tours These tours are focussed specifically around the celebration of a national festival.

Nelson Island Indian Arrival Exhibition

Listing of Heritage Properties

In fulfillment of its mandate to formally list properties and sites which are important to our national heritage, the Trust listed 29 sites. Once listed, in accordance with Section 8 of the National Trust Act (No. 11 of 1991 and Amendment No. 31 of 1999) the property is deemed a heritage property and is entitled to legal protection.

  1. Mille Fleurs
  2. Hayes Court
  3. Ambard/Roomor
  4. Archbishop’s Palace
  5. Whitehall
  6. Stollmeyer’s Castle
  7. Banwari Trace Archaeological Site
  8. Fort King George
  9. Fort Picton (St. David’s Tower)
  10. Royal Victoria Institute
  11. Wesleyan Church (Tranquility Methodist Church)
  12. Old Mayaro Post Office
  1. Carnegie Free Library, San Fernando
  2. CLR James House, Tunapuna
  3. 58 Piccadilly Street, Port of Spain
  4. Calvary Hill Stations of the Cross
    Calvary Hill, Laventille
  5. St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church, Belmont
  6. St. Joseph R.C. Church, St. Joseph
  7. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Independence Square, Port of Spain
  8. George Brown House,
    6 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain
  9. Ortinola Great House, Acono, Maracas Valley, St. Joseph
  10. Kong’s Store and Cocoa/Coffee Clearing House, Corner De Gannes and Hosein Streets, Arima
  11. Shiva Mandir,
    1 Railway Road, Reform Village, Gasparillo
  12. Lopinot House,
    Lopinot Historical Complex, Lopinot Settlement, via Arouca
  13. The San Fernando Railway Station,
    King’s Wharf, San Fernando
  14. Lord Harris Square, Port of Spain
  15. Arima Dial,
    Intersection of Queen Street and Broadway Street, Arima
  16. Naipaul House, 26 Nepaul Street, St. James
  1. Woodford Square, Port of Spain
  2. Trinity Cathedral, Queen & Abercromby Streets, Port of Spain
  3. Old Fire Station, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain
  4. Old Police Station, St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain
  5. Carlisle Chang Mural, City Hall, Port of Spain
  6. The Red House, Port of Spain
  7. Cabildo Building, Sackville Street, Port of Spain
  8. Old Public Library, Knox Street, Port of Spain
  9. St John the Baptist Church, Pembroke Street, Port of Spain
  10. Hanover Methodist Church, Port of Spain
  11. Trinidad Building and Loan Building, Cor. Chacon & Queen Streets,Port of Spain
  12. The Port of Spain Magistrates Court
  13. The Queens Park Savannah
  14. Knowsley, Queens Park West
  15. Boissiere House, Queens Park West
  16. President’s House
  17. All Saints Church, Queens Park West, Port of Spain
  18. PTSC Building (TGR Building) South Quay, Port of Spain
  19. Fort San Andres, South Quay, Port of Spain
  20. The La Borde Sail Boat (Hummingbird II) , South Quay, Port of Spain
  21. The Railway Engine, South Quay, Port of Spain
  22. Carlisle Chang Mural, Textel Building, Port of Spain
  23. Wardens Office, Woodbrook.
  24. WASA Pump Station, Westmoorings
  25. The Railway Engine on Harris Promenade, San Fernando
  26. The San Fernando Police Station, Harris Promenade, San Fernando
  27. Richmond Great House, Tobago
  28. Tobago Windmill Towers and Well
  29. Spring Garden Moravian Church, Tobago
  30. Tobago Providence Aqueduct
  31. The Legislative Building (THA Building), Tobago
  32. The Main Ridge Forest Reserve
  33. The Scarborough Methodist Church
  34. Scots Kirk Scarborough
  35. Fort George, St James
  36. Fort Chacon (The Observatory), Laventille
  37. Butler Memorial Statue, Fyzabad
  38. Nelson Island
  39. Rio Claro Post Office
  40. Brother’s Road Bridge, Tabaquite
  41. Malgretoute Tunnel
  42. Jeffers Bridge, Rio Claro
  43. Knolly’s Tunnel, Tabaquite
  44. Sangre Grande Post Office

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Objectives

The National Trust is dedicated to the preservation of built and natural heritage.
Objectives of the Trust:-

  1. To protect and promote the care and preservation of significant examples of Trinidad and Tobago’s built and natural heritage.
  2. To promote access for all Trinidadians and Tobagonians to their heritage.
  3. To foster a greater awareness and understanding of Trinidad and Tobago’s heritage and of its significance and richness.
  4. To encourage the continued development of, and participation in the Trust.

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