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“Interesting Bit of History”
Review of Betty's Hope

Betty's Hope
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Owner description: Sugar plantation established in 1674 and preserved as a monument to the slaves whose labor it exploited.
Austin, Texas
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50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Interesting Bit of History”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is worth a quick stop to learn about the history of Antigua and its people. You can walk around and see everything in less than an hour. They request a $8 USD donation per person.

Visited June 2013
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Laguna Niguel, California
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270 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
“A living history lesson”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Driving in you will see what once was a sugar plantation, established in 1674 and preserved as a monument to the slaves whose labor it exploited. Slaves lived here working sun up to sun down and lived to about age 30. 40 was considered old for a slaves life.

Visited May 2013
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Mississauga,Ontario
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65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Interesting piece of Antiguan history!”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

On an island where there aren't that many informative historical sites, Betty's Hope definitely is not to be missed. I had heard about it but never visited it on previous trips to Antigua but happened to drive past it this weekend and turned around and decided to visit since I was in the area. What a great decision! I enjoyed reading the small information boards posted around the grounds. The two windmills, one of which has been restored were beautiful and a step back in time. We did not get to see the interpretation centre as we came on a Sunday so it was closed but will definitely return to learn more of the history of this former sugar plantation. Betty's Hope was recently awarded a grant to further their restoration agendas and I look forward to more of the current ruins being restored to their former glroy, especially and hopefully The Great House. I recommend a visit!

Visited May 2013
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Peebles, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Extremely interesting important history worth a visit”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Betty's Hope is an old sugar cane plantation with two windmills that used to crush the sugar cane before the juice was passed to the boiling plant. The site consists of the two windmills, one of which has been restored, plus a number of ruined buildings consisting of the plantation owners hide, the site managers house and the remains of the boiling and fermentation factory. Each building has signs to explain what is what. There is also an interpretation centre with a model of the site as it used to be, plus a lot of information on the history of the site and also sugar cane in Antigua. The site has plans to further restore some of the buildings and also restore the railway that used to be on the site.
Worth a visit to understand some of the history of the island.

Visited May 2013
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Milford, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very interesting and informative”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Nothing to dislike. The tour guide we hired stopped there and gave us the complete history of the grounds from the slaves who were forced to work there to the degree of importance it meant to the island at the time of its operation. Most interesting part of Antigua's history. A must see.

Visited April 2013
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