Estate Pleasant Valley – Animal Mill

Pleasant Valley is estate 3 in St. Croix’s East End B Quarter. Based on appearances on historic maps, the animal mill was likely built between 1770 and the 1790s and decommissioned before 1856. Through the 1760s, Daniel Mallet was indicated as the property owner. No field reconnaissance was done to locate ruins of the animal mill.

Estate Pleasant Valley has no settlement indicated through the first Beck printings. None of the Beck variants include any sugar machinery icons but do indicate landowner names in estate 3, with ownership extending into the northeast quadrant of estate 4. Oxholm’s 1799 map and the 1820 revision have an animal mill at the Valley, estate 3, which is currently Pleasant Valley.

The 1921 USGS map indicates poorly defined ruins in the general area. None of the other maps have any indication of settlement.

The McGuire geographic dictionary of the Virgin Islands has no entry for Pleasant Valley.

Historic Maps of Pleasant Valley

Snippet of the 1982 USGS topographic map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1982 USGS topographic map shows nothing but topographic information in the vicinity of Pleasant Valley.
Snippet of the 1920 USCGS topographic map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1921 USCGS topographic map shows unspecified ruins in the vicinity of Pleasant Valley.
Snippet of the 1907 Danish Atlantic Islands Association map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1907 map indicates no settlement or name at Pleasant Valley.
Snippet of the 1856 Parsons map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
Parsons’ 1856 map depicts only hills in the vicinity of Pleasant Valley.
Snippet of the 1799 Oxholm map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
Oxholm’s 1799 map shows an animal mill in the center of estate 3. Interestingly, the symbol for a cotton plantation is also shown in estate 3. The ownership of the Valley reaches across to estate 4, consistent with most of the updates based on the Beck maps.
Snippet of the 1791 Janssen map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1791 manuscript map after Beck by Janssen attributes ownership to Mullet.
Snippet of the 1790 Mühlenfels map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1790 manuscript map after Beck by Mühlenfels attributes ownership to Mullet.
Snippet of the 1767 Küffner map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
Küffner’s 1767 Beck replica includes identifying a settlement in the area of estate 3, with no ownership attributed.
Snippet of the c.1770 annotated Beck map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The c.1770 annotated Beck map depicts no animal mill in estate 3 and attributes ownership to Daniel Mallet.
Snippet of the 1770 annotated Beck map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1770 annotated Beck map depicts no animal mill in estate 3 and attributes ownership to Daniel Mallet.
Snippet of the undated annotated Beck map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The undated annotated Beck map depicts no animal mill in estate 3 and attributes ownership to Daniel Mallet.
Snippet of the 1767 annotated Beck map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1767 annotated Beck map depicts no animal mill in estate 3 and attributes ownership to Daniel Mallet.
Snippet of the 1766 Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1766 Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck depicts no animal mill in estate 3 and attributes ownership to Daniel Mallet.
Snippet of the 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy depicts no animal mill in estate 3 and attributes ownership to Daniel Mallet.
Snippet of the 1766 annotated Beck map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The 1766 annotated Beck map depicts no animal mill in estate 3 and attributes ownership to Daniel Mallet.
Snippet of the Beck map printed circa 1757 featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
Neither Beck printing shows a sugar mill icon in estate 3.
Snippet of the Beck map printed in 1754 featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
Neither Beck printing shows a sugar mill icon in estate 3.
Snippet of the 1750 Cronenberg and von Jaegersberg map featuring East End B Quarter estate #3, currently named Pleasant Valley.
The Cronenberg and von Jægersberg map of 1750 indicates what should be marked estate 3 with no cultivation or structures. Ownership attributed to Bilmeyer.