To the Beach!

Morgan Lewis is in the reground of this aerial photo which came our way. The channel you can see to the sea is Long Pond and Walkers Reserve is in the foreground.

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Our neighbours to the South are the good folk at Walkers Reserve. They are undertaking an ecological restoration of 300 acres of former sand quarry and the results so far are stunning.

 

Opening weekend

We’re preparing for a very busy weekend! On Saturday March 24th, we’re having our first farm sale which is open to the public from 7am until 5pm.

We’re “setting our stall” near the windmill, and there will be plenty of freshly harvested veggies and plants for visitors to peruse and take home.

Members of our team will be on site to tell you more about what we’ve got in store for Morgan Lewis in the very near future.

At the mill, the Barbados National Trust is hosting a historical lecture in the afternoon. Dr Karl Watson will be sharing his work on the history of Morgan Lewis plantation. This is a ticketed event, so you’ll need to contact the Barbados National Trust for the particulars.

The Boiling House

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At Morgan Lewis, just as at any other large sugarcane plantation, freshly cut sugarcane would have been pressed, the juice extracted and boiled into syrup to eventually yield golden brown muscovado sugar, one of the most highly prized commodities of the colonial era in a “boiling house.”

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Read more about life on a Caribbean sugarcane plantation on the International Slavery Museum’s web site.

While it made islands like Barbados critical to driving the economic engine of England, the legacy of these sugarcane plantations in the islands and region are now consigned mostly to ruin.

The windmill at Morgan Lewis stands as an example of successful architectural plantation conservation, however. This project was ceded into the stewardship of the Barbados National Trust by Lawrence Bannister in the late 20th-century.

We know that before his death 2015, he had set about trying to restore the adjacent boiling house, so we’re now taking up this final wish to restore and modernise the boiling house in line with our larger plans for the property. We are seeking advice from Caribbean conservationists, historians, and other experts.

Stay tuned for news of our progress!

In the Beginning. . .

In October 2017, Morgan Lewis Estate started taking shape with two acres of land cleared for cultivation on the historic property. . .  for the first time in decades.

For years, visitors ambling through the plantation to visit the windmill or on their way up to Cherry Tree Hill might have seen views like this off to the side.

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Overgrowth of bush and river tamarind, a one-time grazing plot for the cows at Morgan Lewis

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An earthmover called in to clear two acres for cultivation. Views of Cherry Tree Hill, lined with coconut trees, at the top of the photo.

Into the ground went a variety of pantry staples: sweet potato, cassava, pumpkin, beans, okra, papaya, and plantain.

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Rows and rows of verdant growth. The beginnings of our farm!

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Plantain sucklings taking root.