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Betty's Hope, St. John's
Categories: History Museums, Museums
See an important Antiguan historical site at Betty's Hope, the ruins of the island's first large sugar plantation. Established in 1650 during the years of British colonial rule, the plantation used slave labor in the large-scale production of sugar for generations. The site now functions as an open-air museum focused on commemorating the many lives exploited here. Two restored windmills once used to extract juice from sugarcane dominate the grounds; elsewhere you'll find a cistern complex, along with the ruins of the old estate house, a boiling house, and a distillery. Come with a tour or visit on your own; consider reading up on the history in advance as the signage may not cover all the details. Put Betty's Hope into our St. John's vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Visited as part of an island tour. Great to see the history in the museum. Very interesting place to visit and understand the history of Antigua.
While on tour with Antigua VIP Tours we made a stop at Betty's Hope which is a very interesting historical site. The windmills hold much of Antigua's history
with a very informative history exhibit but sadly in need of further investment and renovation. Very thought provoking when you realise tgat the entire history was built on the slave trade
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