Lonely Planet Writer

Historic plantation turned into living museum

Estate Whim plantation windmill.
Estate Whim plantation windmill. Image by Nora Morgan / CC BY 2.0

The cultural heritage of St Croix in the US Virgin Islands is set to come alive as a former plantation gets a makeover as a living museum. The project hopes to offer tourists an insight into Crucian traditions by resurrecting historic crafts, foods and lifestyle experiences through demonstrations and interactive activities. The former Estate Whim plantation will provide a historic setting for the re-enactment of a working village environment, where fishermen, cooks, bakers, joiners, blacksmiths, basket weavers, seamstresses and goldsmiths will throng the mock-up of a Crucian town’s ‘big yard’. As part of the project, elder tradition bearers in the St Croix community will be offered training to act as instructors so that their skills and knowledge can be passed down to younger members of the community. The Estate Whim experience is set to open in January 2015. Read more: caribbeannewsnow.com