St Kitts: Romney Manor

Set in 8 acres of lush tropical forest and trees, the Romney Manor has history dating back to the 1600s. Prior to the island’s European conquest in 1623, there was the Carib Indian Chief Tegreman’s village on the site. Since then, only five families own the manor, starting with Sam Jeffreson II, the great, great, great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson (3rd president of the U.S.A), who purchased the property in 1625. In the late 17th century, the British noble, Earl of Romney bought the manor and renamed it into Romney Manor. In 1834, the Romney Manor was the first estate in St Kitts to free its slaves against the instructions coming from London. For the next nearly 200 years, the manor was mainly a sugar plantation and rum distillery, before becoming a Caribbean batik facility, focusing on traditional creole technics of painting the cloth and dresses. The manor is a beautiful piece of forest and garden, you can try the awesome rum, see how Carib batik is made, and just enjoy the surroundings.