Departure tax rise at the Sea Ports

1 British Virgin Islands Ports Authority: Departure tax rise at the Sea Ports, 1780 Lower Station Sugar Estate Departure Tax, BVI

Yes, bring more cash with you when departing the British Virgin Islands….

Don’t miss this in “downtown” Roadtown, Tortola if you are on island this month. I always find these events fascinating…

2 British Virgin Islands Ports Authority: Departure tax rise at the Sea Ports, 1780 Lower Station Sugar Estate

I particularly find it interesting that the water used to go right up to this sugar factory and had a dock. Since then a lot of landfill has been filled in in Road Harbour and now there is a 4 lane road a condo complex and fields in front of it before you hit the water!

The 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works was built by the McClevery slaves. Sugar was produced here until the 1940s. During the 19th century its Timber frame became what is believed to have been the first Virgin Islands Guest House.

1900: By now the Government had acquired the Works, added a one storey building in front of the Magazine and installed the machines for a Cotton Factory. the Agriculture Department managed the Complex, supervised the sugar production and the ginning and pressing of cotton.

In 1904: 1250lbs of cotton was pressed and 5200 in 1912. Lime juice was also produced here: 252 barrels in 1908 and 800 in 1912.

3 British Virgin Islands Ports Authority: Departure tax rise at the Sea Ports, 1780 Lower Station Sugar Estate 1780 Lower Sugar Estate. Tortola BVI

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