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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  • There's nothing really to see here. It's a simple landmark out of the way that's quiet and just a quick spot for a historic picture.  more »
  • A well thought out reconstruction of a former sugar mill; informative display highlighting what occurred here throughout the years.  more »
  • The one windmill has been restored. The other is bricked up with no access. there are other ruins down the hill. There is a reivew of the history in one of the remaining buildings. I thought is was wo...  more »
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  • The Betty's Hope Historic Sugar Plantation and open air Museum is one of Antiguas better known sugar plantations especially in recent years, this historic point or place of interest rather is important to the understanding of Antigua's colonial past. The twin mill sugar plantation was famous for its milling capacity back in those days and the restored and preserved mills now stands as relics to that bygone era. I am intrigued by the rich history of the place and also by the restoration work being done and the durability of some of the structures on the historic site. The grounds have been the venue for various events, some historic in nature and it has seen many field trips from various educational institution on Island. The Water Catchment, The Gift Shop/Museum, The restored Sugar Mill and the Ruin of The Great House plus the "Slave" quarters all brings history alive and somehow makes more real. The well kept grounds with the labelled exotic and indigenous plant species are of great interest in their own right. The Betty's Hope Historic Sugar Plantation and open air Museum is a must for anyone in Antigua and it is still of great historical interest and value for all of us.
  • Excellent goats! Not much in the way of interpretive signs though.
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