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Betty's Hope

Pares Village, St. John's, Antigua
269 462 1469
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Ranked #7 of 28 Attractions in St. John's
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: Sugar plantation established in 1674 and preserved as a monument to the slaves whose labor it exploited.
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A look at the not so long past, extremely interesting. The small museum told the story of slavery and the running of a sugar cane industry that has long gone, it was sad especially as it was not that long ago, it was hard to believe that people lived and were treated like that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

A study in shameless profiteering by the rich benefitting from the slave trade. A monument to remind us not to romanticise .

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Essex Boy
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great detail in the small museum on sight about the early years of the slave trade and the history of how Betty Hope was a sugar farm and rum making capital!! Take a ride with a tour guide from Pelican tours and he will fill you full of the history of the place.

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UK
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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Visited Betty's Hope as part of our day trip booked through our hotel (Sandals). This was the start of the afternoon part of our trip, with the morning being spent at Stingray City. We stopped here for lunch, provided by Island Routes. Food consisted of rice, salad and chicken. As a vegetarian it was just a bit of rice and... More

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Caribbean
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Betty's Hope is a historical preservation of the largest slave sugar plantation that existed in Antigua. You can find it in the St. Philip parish of the island. For those of you who find the history of the sugar slave plantation of interest it can truly bring out an eerie almost nostalgic feeling. There are two massive mills, the remnants... More

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Houston
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Foster, our driver was great. We had no idea how the sugar mill worked. Foster was able to explain this process and cover the history of how things were during the plantation times. We also had a picnic lunch at this location before taking a tour of the standing sugar mill.

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Beautiful view of the Sugar Mill. Stopped here for lunch on a tour and was very pleased. Would recommend this site as one to stop at while in Antigua.

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Kent
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65 reviews 65 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Great to see the relics of the sugar cane/rum industry. The grounds are lovely and work is underway to improve the visitor experience

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St. John's, Antigua
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Interesting concept. If well maintained it would prove to be well worth it. For now it isn't worth it.

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

You may want to read the history of this place ahead of time. There are some basic signs, but you will get much more out of seeing the place if you know something ahead of time. The restored sugar mill is exceptional - the sort of thing you read about in Caribbean History but rarely see in a fully restored... More

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