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[photo] Whim Museum
Courtesy of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Division for Archaeology and Historic Preservation; T.Vanterpool, photographer.

One of the most prosperous sugar plantations of the 17th,18th and 19th centuries, Whim Plantation also processed sugar cane from nearby plantations. Records dating back to 1751 give the original owner as Patrick Donough. Christopher Mac Evoy, Jr., a Danish sugar planter who inherited the plantation from his Scottish father, enlarged the estate with the Whim Great House in 1794. After changing hands several times, Whim became the property of the Virgin Islands Government and is operated as a museum by the St. Croix Landmarks Society. The Whim Great House and dependencies stand as a superb example of Danish neo-classicism as adapted for use in the West Indies. The site of an old slave quarters lies just north of the T- shaped complex and a working windmill stands as a monument to a vanished era of Caribbean history.

The Whim Museum lies 1.7 miles southeast of Frederiksted, on Center Line Road, St. Croix Island, U.S. Virgin Islands. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; November-April from 10:00am to 4:00pm and from May-October 10:00am to 3:00pm. There is a fee for admission. Visit the museum's website or call 340-772-0598 for further information. The Whim Great House and other buildings on the plantation have also been documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey.



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