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“Explore on your own”
Review of New River Estate

Ranked #21 of 53 things to do in Nevis
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Owner description: For a good exploratory romp, check out this old sugar-processing estate.
Sringfield, VA
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Explore on your own”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

The New River-Coconut Walk Estate is a very cool place to explore. Two different sets of "ruins" to visit- the old windmill driven plantation and the modernized steam-driven (not sure if it was steam or oil). The estate goes from the beach to the main road. You should plan an hour or more to explore.

Visited April 2014
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Atmospheric ruins”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Worth a wander. This place was abandoned in the 1940s and it feels like they just upped and left overnight, so the buildings and machinery are all there, though the wild goats seem to be staking a claim!

Visited February 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“One of my favorite places in Nevis!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Great place to plunk down and explore. Abandoned sugar mill, ruins and rusted mechanical parts, copper kettles and lime kiln. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is - the grounds could use some maintenance, and just having a bit of literature or education around what the parts do and how a sugar mill works would have been nice.

Still, it was a great do-it-yourself exploration of the history of Nevis.

Visited July 2013
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3 Thank Ellen P
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Denton, Maryland
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Interesting sugar mill ruins”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

These ruins are intriguing. This sugar mill was quite an operation, with structures from the road down to the water. As many other people have noted, we had a great time wandering around exploring the ruins. We especially liked the machinery imported from Britain, the lime kiln, & the building down by the water. We also liked the donkeys that kept an eye on us as we neared the water.

We have a couple tips. First, if you are driving yourself, talk with someone about the ruins before going. The site has a sign just off the road, but nothing at each building. We learned much by talking with Pat at the Oualie Beach Resort. Second, roadside markers do not exist. Look for the lime kiln tower close to the ocean to know you are in the neighborhood. There is a sign just inside the entrance from the road. The best way to see the estate is to park by a farm shed on the left past the sign, and then walk from there.

Visited July 2013
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Suva, Fiji
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148 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 488 helpful votes
“Wonderful for history and exploring!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

This was the last operating sugar cane plantation on Nevis. If you love the history of Nevis, and the fact that during the height of the sugar cane days this small speck in the West Indies was the centre of much of the wealth of the British Empire, then you really must come for a visit. Now, there is no visitors centre, so you are on your own. Be careful, as much of it is overgrown, and the old machinery could be dangerous. You can find what remains of the old plantation house, and if you are brave, can make your way through the bush and do some exploring. Further down the hill towards the ocean are a number of old out buildings which are worth having a look at; but be ready to hike this, so have plenty of water and snacks available. You could plan a ocean-side picnic, but do not expect a sandy white beach, as things are very rocky and rough here. In fact, I can still hear the sounds of the ocean crashing against the shore. You may also want to visit the nearby Eden Brown Estate. Ask a local for directions. The legend is that Eden was the daughter of a plantation owner who was engaged to be married. On the night before her wedding, her fiance and brother dueled, with the brother shooting the fiance. The fiance died, and the brother fled. Eden never saw her brother again, and is said to wander the ruins crying out for the two men she loved. Our family, who lived up the road from Eden Brown, personally think the ghost noises are just the omnipresent Nevis goats. Even though we now live in the South Pacific, our kids still love to hear this story. Enjoy!

Visited February 2012
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