Betty's Hope, St. John's

(3/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This was an interesting visit and took you back in time, they have a small museum of artifacts and was really interesting to imagine what this would of looked like as a sugar plantation, sad to think ...  more »
  • Our guest services gave Betty's Hope two thumbs up - not for us....maybe one...only because of interesting in history. We wanted to learn about the sugar plantation days so we went with a sense of pur...  more »
  • We visited as part of the island safari 4x4 tour and had a picnic/buffet lunch under the trees. There is part of and old train an a building with info on the old site.  more »