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Morgan Lewis Mill, Saint Andrew Parish

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Historic Site
Morgan Lewis Windmill, St. Andrew, Barbados is the last sugar windmill to operate in Barbados. The mill stopped operating in 1947. In 1962 the mill was given to the Barbados National Trust by its owner Egbert L. Bannister for preservation as a museum.The site was listed in the 1996 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund. Restoration began by the Barbados National Trust during the following summer. In 1997, financial support was provided by American Express for emergency repairs. The mill was dismantled for restoration, and reopened in 1999. With all its original working parts having been preserved intact, the sails were able to turn again after the project was completed, and cane was ground again after more than half a century.It is a unique historic and architectural monument - it is one of the only two working sugar windmills in the world today. (Betty's Hope, in Antigua, was refurbished and restored some years ago and is also functional.) During the 'crop' season, February through July, its sails are put in place and it operates one Sunday in each month, grinding cane and providing cane juice. Around the interior of the mill wall is a museum of sugar mill and plantation artefacts, and an exhibition of old photographs. Visitors can climb to the top of the mill.
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  • This is the only remaining windmill in Barbados, which has now been preserved as a visitor attraction. It was used to crush the sugar cane and is still fully functional. We visited here on our way to ...  more »
  • As with many historic sights in Barbados, this sight is off the "beaten path" and not easy to find (if you're finding it on your own as we were - rather than with a tour or hired driver) but is well w...  more »
  • Intact and worthy of photos, of course ... but stopped operating as a sugar mill in 1947. If visiting nearby St Nicholas Abbey &/or Cherry Hill (both highly recommended), do take time to stop here.  more »