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!