The Estate Whim Plantation Museum in Frederiksted offers a unique, well-preserved glimpse into the lives of 18th-century Cruzans, both slave and free, in the days when sugar was “king.” The original sugar processing plant and windmill remain, and most other sites are period-specific restorations. You’ll see quaint colonial furniture, large walls of stone which surround the old plantation, and a central great house.
The Estate Whim Museum is actually the only sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands. Once you arrive, you will be greeted by knowledgeable guides who will tell you a bit about the everyday life of workers and plantation owners back in the 1700s. From there, you will proceed on a self-guided tour. You’ll learn more about the “triangular trade” of sugar, rum, and slaves that dominated St. Croix’s economy for more than a century. The grounds are well-manicured, dotted with beautiful flowers and unique trees, and in one case you’ll be able to see some sugar cane growing. Overall, it offers a fascinating view of St. Croix’s history. The admission fees are reasonable: $10 for adults and children aged 13 – 17, and $5 for younger children. Seniors over age 65 also get a discount of $2 per ticket.