Betty's Hope, St. John's

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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. Make your St. John's itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Came here as part of a taxi tour. Thought provoking and educational. About 30 minutes is as much time as you need here. 
    Came here as part of a taxi tour. Thought provoking and educational. About 30 minutes is as much time as you need here.  more »
  • We visited here as part of a tour, it was a great place to have lunch and also learn about the history. 
    We visited here as part of a tour, it was a great place to have lunch and also learn about the history.  more »
  • My wife and I visited Betty's Hope as part of our island tour. This was one of the largest sugar plantations on the island originally founded in the mid 17th century being named after an island... 
    My wife and I visited Betty's Hope as part of our island tour. This was one of the largest sugar plantations on the island originally founded in the mid 17th century being named after an island...  more »
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  • Went here as a excursion from Sandals vacation. Was disappointed that no one is maintaining this property. It's very overgrown by weeds. The information plaques showed how much the archeologist cleared the site and how nice it was. What happened?? Who dropped the ball on this. Very sad to see. Over all I did enjoy it. But did not enjoy Sandals tour guide running me off property because everyone was done eating. The Island Routes description was nothing compared to what you experienced. I love historical sights and learning. Felt like I was being rushed. We were way ahead of schedule and I wanted to take more pictures and read more about it. Description said a 4×4 safari tour with lunch at Betty Hope's Plantation. It actually was a Nissan truck with 10 seats, tour of neighborhood houses instead and it was a picnic lunch outside with same food from 4 other excursions we'd been on. No creativity or change of menu.
  • A quick stop to Betty's Hope Historic Site on the way to the airport by our awesome taxi driver Walter. Awesome!! First intact sugarmill I've ever seen. A true treasure.
  • Has some strong historical significance and the windmills are impressive. There is an interesting visitor centre that tells the tale of the sight well. it is very inexpensive. A good tour guide is an asset as you walk around the artifacts that remain, although the signage is fairly good for self guided visitors
  • My experience was awesome. The workers were polite and the area was such a beauty and very quiet
  • Fullnof history and a live excavation site being restored. Massive guilt for the slaves that worked there, but a really educational place. Also the jerk chicken under the tree was a great picnic

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