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British Virgin Islands ( Pleasant Valley Sugar Plantation, Tortola )
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00012428/00016
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Title: British Virgin Islands ( Pleasant Valley Sugar Plantation, Tortola )
Series Title: Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions : drawings and reports, 1990 - 2012
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions
Hersh, Anne
Schy, Terry
Armbruster, Ellen
Radnick, Mary
Serdin, Alan
Fraser, Christopher
Braitwaite-Frett, Janice
Arneborg, Carol
Publisher: Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions
Place of Publication: Corning, NY
Publication Date: March and April 1994
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General Note: Pleasant Valley Plantation also known as Thornton Estate
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Source Institution: Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions
Holding Location: Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
System ID: AA00012428:00016

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Exploration of the Pleasant Valley Estate March/April1994 for the Historic Sites Committee prepared by CVE: Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions Box 388, Corning, New York, 14830, USA The following participants were involved with this project : Site Owner: Beverly Christopher Fraser Historical Sites Committee : Janice Bratwaite-Frett VI Historical Society: Carol Arneborg, Tortola Architect : Michael Arneborg Tortola CVE Volunteers: Anne Hersh, Corning, NY Terry Schy Chicago, IL Ellen Armbruster Arlington VA Volunteers : Mary Radnick Tortola BVI Alan Serdin Bronx NY

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Pleasant Valley Estate, Tortola, BVI Purpose. The plantation at Pleasant Valley is the location of the plantation of William Thornton an architect ; Thornton designed the US capitol and other important buildings in Washington in the late 1700 s and early 1800 s Because of its historic importance, this site should be stabilized o r preserved, and could be developed into a historic and educational site for the public and tourists. The purpose of our work was to investigate what structures remain, as a beginning step in evaluating what the plantation might have been like and what steps could be taken to develop the area for future use General. The Historic Sites Conunittee had approached the owner of this site, to arrange for a group to photograph and investigate the area to see what ruins and walls might remain In March and April of 1994 CVE v olunteers, with the help of volunteers from Tortola spent several days measuring and photographing the ruins and walls at this site The Owner of the site Beverly Fraser, was very helpful in showing us various walls and ruins, and allowing us to look at this site. Because of limited time and because the area was very overgrown, we only were able to approximate the sizes and locations of walls in the immediate area of the house and factory building. We recommend that a survey be completed to accuratel y identifY sizes and relationships of the structures at this site We would also recommend that a thorough investigation be made of the surrounding areas in order to see whether there are more structures related to this plantation Factory Building A The sugar factory building is located adjacent to the road The building is an L shaped structure about 64 feet by 56 feet. The boiling area appears to have been on the north end of the building A cistern is located on the east end ; a recent concrete and block structure has been added here Many of the remaining walls are two stories ; other walls have completely fallen in. The walls are rubble stone with some brick infill and are approximately 2 feet thick Present House B An occupied house is located across the road from the factory building A newer structure has been added as a second story to the original stone walls which remain on the first story. The building is a T shape. Presently there are two sets of stairs Building C. This structure consists of a rectangular building, about 24 by 52 feet. with a small room to the north The walls here range from 2 feet to 5 feet high, and are rubble stone Structure D This stone and brick structure is about 6 feet high Structure E. This consists of two parallel walls about 5 feet high. Structure F About 90 feet to the west of the present house are a series of walls which appear to have been divided into rooms Some of these walls are 6 feet high ; many have completely fallen in.

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THORNTON PLANTATION: FACTORY BUILDING APRIL 1994

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THORNTON PLANTATION : FACTORY BUILDING APRIL 1994

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THORNTON PLANTATION : FACTORY BUILDING APRIL 1994

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THORNTON PLANTATION APRIL 1994

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THORNTON PLANTATION APRIL 1994

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THORNTON PLANTATION APRIL 1994