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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  • October 2, 2017
    The two windmills at Betty's Hope are iconic, however, the real learning from venue is inside the hut that accompanies the property. Clipping of history abound that will mesmerize you and enlighten on...  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    Me and my family stayed at this former mill during a tour with road vehicles. Lovely and quaint.
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  • September 13, 2017
    This is a stop that takes very little time to explore but is worthwhile as it puts the sugar cane production in perspective thru what it meant to the economy and the people of the island. The little m...  more »
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  • November 22, 2016
    Excellent goats! Not much in the way of interpretive signs though.

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