The Whim Plantation and Museum
Whim Plantation, located on the west end of the island,
is a great example of one these plantation & "great houses". With large
areas of rolling green hills and expanses of fertile flat land on the
south central area of the island, St. Croix's plantations also grew
many other crops which are still prominent in Caribbean cuisine. When
the slaves used by the plantation owners were freed, the sugar industry
rapidly declined and tourism became the most important part of the economy
on the island...it remains that way today.
The Whim Plantation dates back to the 18th
and later on steam engines, were used to pulverize the sugarcane,
the precious sweet juice. It was then cooked into a molasses and used to
Mule power was also used to grind the sugarcane.