Nevis Local Foreigner Does Tourism, Historic Sites In Nevis [new post]
As a “local foregner” when I used to come to Nevis, it was all about hanging out on the beach, then the was Caribbean Cove adventure play. As I got older it was all about liming, chilling on the beach and sleep. In no particular order. This is perfect for a short trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of England. However, my purpose for being here, is to reflect and refocus. So what better way to learn the history of the island, that doesn’t centre around rum and local bars?! Nevis’ “Local Foreigner” Does Tourism, Historic Sites In Nevis.
One weekend, my friend and I went site seeing. Historic sites in Nevis that we visited
- The Eden Browne Estate.
- The Old Horse Track which has been abandoned for a few years.
- New River Estate which is one of the many historic landmarks on the island and has the largest sugar mill on Nevis.
Then we headed to Turtle Time, on Pinney’s Beach for food.
Eden Browne Estate
I first heard about The Legend of Eden Browne during the Grand Opening of Culturama 43 which marked the beginning of the official Culturama 43 activities. Young women eloquently performed the story of the legend of Eden Browne and the haunted Caribbean plantation ruins. Here is the version of the story of the legend of Eden Browne that was performed in Nevis Cultural Complex for the summer festival also known as “de Caribbean’s best lime.”
The Legend of Eden Browne
Once upon a time, in the back of the land on the Eden Browne Estate, there lived a beautiful plantation owner’s daughter named Julia Huggins. Julia was very excited to be marrying the love of her life, Walter Maynard from the neighbouring New River Estate.
For weeks she and her mother had been planning the celebrations for the grand wedding, and even had to borrow slaves from other plantations to help with the cooking, cleaning and other wedding preparations.
Julia’s brother John was the groom’s best man, and according to wedding tradition, they gathered together, along with friends and well-wishers, to celebrate the groom’s rite of passage on the night before the marriage was to take place.
The celebrations were lively, and continued right into the early hours. There was lots of food and certainly lots to drink, when an argument broke out between the two friends. Reportedly, the argument was over the Maynards’ known cruelty to slaves, but only those who were there know for sure. The gentlemen were so ensnared in their arguing that they ended up challenging each other to a duel. Party goers followed them outside to the courtyard where they drew pistols, aimed and fired.
Both men were fatally shot that night.
Julia Huggins was beside herself when she received word of the death of not only her beloved, but her dear brother as well. She was inconsolable for months after the event, and refused to rejoin society. To this day it is said that her ghost still haunts the Eden Browne estate, and on moonlit nights, her mournful wails can be heard beneath the mountain.
Charmaine Howell, Festival Consultant
Alternatively the Unusual Caribbean travel blog, also has a similar version of the haunted tale of the plantation ruins.
If you are ever in Nevis and visit this historical site, there is a nice bar and restaurant next door. Esmie’s has a beautiful ocean view. It’s not all about rum but just saying…support the bar 🙂