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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  • When local sugar and rum production were viable for the island, Betty's Hope thrived. Now it remains as an monument for tourists looking to understand Antigua's development. If you are into history or...  more »
  • Completely refurbished by well wishers in 1994 a combination of apathy and poor management has resulted in the works of upgrading slowly disintegrating. It's a real shame that maintenance has been so ...  more »
  • A building contains basic posters on the walls describing the history of the site; one of the mills has been renovated; the rest of the site is overgrown and there is no guide there.  more »