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Legislature Corner: Plaskett Issues Statement on Preservation of Estate Whim on St. Croix

At first , animals’ mills including horses, oxen, and mules were used to crush juice from sugarcane. Between 1768 and 1779, a windmill was built at Estate Whim to crush cane. However, the first steam engine was installed at Estate Whim in 1865. Nevertheless, one of the first steam engine on St. Croix was at Estate Hogensborg in the 1840s ,which was not too far from Estate Whim.
At first, animals mills including horses, oxen and mules were used to crush juice from sugarcane. Between 1768 and 1779, a windmill was built at Estate Whim to crush cane. However, the first steam engine eventually replaced it. (Photo by Olasee Davis)

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett issued the following statement in full support of restoring Estate Whim, the oldest sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands, to its former glory:

“My office and I fully support the restoration of Estate Whim,” Congresswoman Plaskett said. “The Virgin Islands is home to several historic sites— Estate Whim being one of them. This site’s historical and cultural contributions span from the 18th century to the present day, documenting records that detail our ancestors’ diverse history, including artifacts, historic structures, traditional practices from across St. Croix, the Caribbean, Africa, Denmark and greater Europe.

This is the watch house or slavevagterbusene at Estate Whim plantation. Watch house was used as a look out place in case there was a fire in the sugarcane field. Other uses are where women’s fed their babies and care for them while their mothers are walking in the cane field. There are other uses for the watch houses beside what mention above. (Photo by Olasee Davis)
This is the watch house at Estate Whim plantation. It was used as a lookout place in case of a fire in the sugarcane field. Other uses included where women fed babies and cared for them while their mothers worked in the cane field. (Photo by Olasee Davis)

“The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized Estate Whim as an endangered site on their annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, highlighting the urgent need for preservation efforts at the Estate Whim Museum.

“We must come together to prevent the erasure of cultural landmarks. Estate Whim has been treasured by generations of families and researchers, and is critical to the identity as Virgin Islanders. I am committed to working with the St. Croix Landmarks Society to preserve our ancestors’ legacy and ensure a steady path towards full restoration.”

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