History of Romney Manor
Once owned by Sam Jefferson II, the great great great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of U.S.A.) the great house was renamed Romney Manor following its acquisition in the early 17th century by the Earl of Romney.
Its grounds have a great history; there is strong evidence that they were originally the site on which Tegereman the Carib Indian Chief had his village.
In 1834 contrary to the instructions of the British Parliament, Lord Romney declared his slaves free men. Romney Estate therefore became the first estate in St.Kitts to emancipate their slaves.
Set in approximately 10 acres of grounds, Romney was established in the 17th century and since then has only known 6 family owners. These owners have witnessed the crushing of cane by animal power, wind power and water power. Finally however, in the 1920’s all cane processing was centralised in Basseterre.
There is spirituality about Romney Manor and its grounds that visitors frequently experience. The setting is majestic. The saman tree …………… what a tree, 350 years old, 24 ft in diameter and covering ½ an acre. The tree quietly presides over the activity of the present day Romney Manor. Many visitors return time and time again to savour the memorable experience that Romney Manor and its gardens exude.