Built in the mid 1700s and commemorated on Barbados’ 25-cent coin, Morgan Lewis Sugar Windmill is a Barbadian icon. When its restoration was completed in 1999, it became the only working mill of this kind in the Caribbean. Keeping it operative has been a huge and costly challenge. Now, with repairs to the mill and upgrading of the site’s amenities nearly complete, Morgan Lewis Mill is poised to take its place among top attractions in Barbados.
The engineering genius, and the labour and skill of the enslaved artisans who built it are staggering. And to think that wind power, which we now deem “alternative” once powered the industry that generated huge wealth for this former colony!
Guided tours will take small groups into the structure, and Dr. Karl Watson will lecture at 3:30.
Open House Begins at 2:30pm and Ends at 5:30pm
The easiest ways to get there are to come down Farley Hill, St. Peter, on Highway 2, or to head north from Belleplaine, passing St. Andrew’s Church on your left, turn left onto Highway 2. Either way, you then turn into Shorey Village and keep going. The mill is nearby and signs will be posted. If coming from Speightstown, why not take a convenient bus?