National Geographic : 1968 Jan
Great houses with fanciful names evoke an era on St. Croix when sugar was king and island cane barons lived like royalty. A third-grade class from Christiansted tours Whim, 172-year-old mansion preserved by the Landmarks Society. Emancipation of the slaves in 1848 and a disastrous drop in sugar prices spelled death for the industry and ruin for such opulent estates as Fanny's Fancy, Upper Love, Peter's Rest, Paradise, and Contentment. Reminders of yesteryears: Whim's brick floored museum displays rum casks, a port able bathtub, and a cart. Lock and keys (lower left) were forged by hand.