Betty's Hope
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Pares Village

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Built in 1674 and named after the daughter of one of its former owners, Betty's Hope was the first and largest sugar plantation on the island. It's no longer a working mill, but it is a standing monument to Antigua's role in British colonial history. The main mill has been restored with new sails and crushing machinery, while most of the other buildings on the former plantation remain in ruins. You can get a better feel for what the grounds used to look like by making a stop in the former cotton house store room on site; now a visitor's center and competent museum on the lives of Antiguan slaves during the mill's most profitable production years. A stunning view of Pares Village, St. John below makes for some worthwhile photos. 

While many recent travelers recommend a tour guide to help bring Betty's Hope to life, it's not essential as "information panels were placed to give the visitor rudimentary information regarding the site," one TripAdvisor reviewer said.

Tuesday through Saturday, you can take a tour of Betty's Hope for a donation of $2 USD or $5 XCD per person (children can enter for free). 

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