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what happened to the Whim?

 
terry
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My wife took the grandson to the Whim museum yesterday and was very disappointed. They have really changed the place and in her opinion not for the better.
They removed the wind mill blades from the sugar mill, the only place you could still see one like it was, and replaced it with some sort of antenna. The gift shop is now just a small area in the great house. There is now a section on horse racing??? WTF is that about?
She won't be volunteering there anymore or for that matter going back for a tour

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Topic starter Posted : July 1, 2016 10:08 am
speee1dy
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interesting and sounds like not in a good way

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Posted : July 1, 2016 10:57 am
JohnnyU
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The Horse racing display's been there for at least a year and IMO is pretty well done and fits with in the Landmark Society's stated mission

Should they also remove the area dedicate to Music and dancing?

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Posted : July 1, 2016 11:28 am
terry
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I'm sure there was dancing and music back in the days that the Whim was a working plantation.
Horses were not. While horses might interest some, then let's add other non history things; cars, boats; football, and etc.
Either that or quit advertising it as a historical destination.
What about the antenna in place of the windmill???

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Topic starter Posted : July 2, 2016 1:45 am
BajanBlood
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I'm sure there was dancing and music back in the days that the Whim was a working plantation.
Horses were not. While horses might interest some, then let's add other non history things; cars, boats; football, and etc.
Either that or quit advertising it as a historical destination.

Actually, horse racing has been a big part of St. Croix since the early 1800's. All European held islands have a strong tradition of horse racing as far back as records go. Horse racing has been around since 6500B.C. and the first horses were domesticated.

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Posted : July 28, 2016 10:38 pm
lily1025
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6500BC?
In Europe....12th century..in ENGLAND.....Knights returning from holy lands with Arabian horses are the first known examples of horse racing.

12th c. AD

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Posted : July 29, 2016 11:17 am
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