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MORGAN LEWIS SUGAR MILL

MORGAN LEWIS SUGAR MILL
St. Andrew, Barbados
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BACKGROUND

The Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill is the last of the many Barbadian windmills once used to produce sugar, and one of only two functioning sugar windmills in the world. Barbados, a British colony for much of its modern history, became one of the largest producers of sugar in the late seventeenth century, when sugar replaced tobacco as the primary commercial export. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Following Watch listing in 1996, WMF convened a group of architects, engineers and craftsmen to analyze key problems at the site and to stabilize the mill and correct the deficiencies that threatened the building with collapse. Rotting timbers and other structural weaknesses necessitated the dismantling, repair, and reinstallation of the mill’s arms, wind shaft, and main cap frame. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The wind-powered sugar mill is one of the last of its kind and a monument to the once booming sugar industry on Barbados. The conservation efforts have helped sustain the mill as a cultural tourism destination and a source of income and local pride.