Estate Mount Pleasant, Prince’s Qtr. – Animal Mill

Mount Pleasant is estate 36 in St. Croix’s Prince’s Quarter. Based on appearances on historic maps, the animal mill was likely built in the early 1750s.

Estate Mount Pleasant includes both estates 36 and 37 and here, the animal mill in estate 36 is of interest since estate 37 had a windmill on the opposite side of the hill (or mount). By 1750, sugar was cultivated in estate 36 but no animal mill. Both Beck printings included an animal mill, remaining a feature for all of the Beck variants. The Küffner map included the icon for a sugar mill. The 1799 Oxholm map included an animal mill to the south of the hill in estate 36, the combined Mount pleasant. None of the subsequent maps depicted any structures.

In 1750, ownership was attributed to Sam Schmidt. Most of the Beck variants attributed ownership to Smit and Cunningham for most of the estate, with the 1766 unsigned manuscript attributing ownership only to Cunningham. Where ownership of the southern sliver is attributed, Will Ravensk was named. The 1770 annotated Beck map attributed ownership to Cornelius Kortwrights.

McGuire geographic dictionary of the Virgin Islands (p.131) notes the ownership by smith and Cunningham along with Will. Ravensk. In the 1920s, a corn patch along with sugar cane were growing, with the estate included with Plessen as Grant Estates.

Historic Maps of Mount Pleasant

Snippet of the 1982 USGS topographic map featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The 1982 USGS topographic map shows no indication of ruins in the estate 26 side in the area of Mount Pleasant.
Snippet of the 1958 USGS topographic map featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The 1958 USGS topographic map shows no indication of ruins in the estate 26 side in the area of Mount Pleasant.
Snippet of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey topographic map of 1920 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The 1920 USCGS topographic sheet shows no ruins identifiable as an animal mill at Mt Pleasant.
Snippet of the Danish Atlantic Islands Association map of 1907 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The 1907 map identifies no estate in the estate 26 side of Mount Pleasant.
Snippet of the Parsons map of 1856 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
Parsons’ 1856 map depicts no structures in the estate 26 side of Mt Pleasant.
Snippet of the Oxholm map of 1799 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
Oxholm’s 1799 map shows an animal mill south of the hill in the estate 26 side of Mount pleasant.
Snippet of the Janssen map of 1791 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The 1791 manuscript map after Beck by Janssen attributes ownership to Kortright
Snippet of the Mühlenfels map of 1790 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The 1790 manuscript map after Beck by Mühlenfels attributes ownership to Kortright
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of c.1770 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The annotated Beck map of c.1770 depicts an animal mill in estate 36 and attributes ownership to Smith & Cunningham.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1770 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The annotated Beck map of 1770 depicts an animal mill in estate 36 and attributes ownership to Cornelius Kortwrights.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of c.1767 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The undated annotated Beck map of depicts an animal mill in estate 36 and attributes ownership to Smith & Cunningham.
Snippet of the Küffner map of 1767 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
Küffner’s 1767 manuscript copy of Beck’s map depicts a sugar mill but does not attribute ownership in the area of Mount Pleasant.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1767 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The annotated Beck map of 1767 depicts an animal mill in estate 36 and attributes ownership to Smith & Cunningham.
Snippet of the Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck from 1766 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck from 1766 depicts an animal mill in estate 36 and attributes ownership to Smith & Cunningham.
Snippet of the 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy depicts an animal mill in estate 36 and attributes ownership to Cunningham.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1766 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The annotated Beck map of 1766 depicts an animal mill in estate 36 and attributes ownership to Smith & Cunningham.
Snippet of the Beck map printed circa 1757 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
Both Beck printings show an animal mill in the southern portion of estate 36.
Snippet of the Beck map printed in 1754 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
Both Beck printings show an animal mill in the southern portion of estate 36.
Snippet of the Cronenberg and von Jaegersberg map of 1750 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #36, currently named Mount Pleasant.
The 1750 map by Cronenberg and von Jægersberg indicates sugar cultivation and structures but no animal mill in estate 36. Ownership attributed to Sam Schmidt.