Estate St. George’s & Sally’s Fancy – Animal Mill

St George’s and Sally’s Fancy is estate 22 in St. Croix’s Prince’s Quarter. Based on appearances on historic maps, the animal mill was likely built in the late 1750s or early 1760s.

By 1750, cane was being cultivated but no animal mill appeared. An animal mill first appeared on the 1766 annotated copy of Beck, and this animal mill appears on all but the 1770 and c.1770 annotated copies. None of the subsequent maps depict any substantial structures in estate 22.

Ownership attributed to Robert Tounsen on the Beck map variants. By 1790, ownership transitioned to John Heyliger.

McGuire geographic dictionary of the Virgin Islands (p.167) notes the hilly area was covered with trees and shrubbery and both sides of Mint Gut was planted in sugar cane in the 1920s. The spelling of the owner is changed to Robert Townson.

Historic Maps of St. George’s & Sally’s Fancy

Snippet of the 1982 USGS topographic map featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The 1982 USGS topographic map shows no structures identifiable as an animal mill ruin in the area of estate 22.
Snippet of the 1958 USGS topographic map featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The 1958 USGS topographic map shows no structures identifiable as an animal mill ruin in the area of estate 22.
Snippet of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey topographic map of 1920 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The 1920 USCGS topographic sheet shows no structures in the area of estate 22.
Snippet of the Danish Atlantic Islands Association map of 1907 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The 1907 map indicates no settlement at estate 22.
Snippet of the Parsons map of 1856 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
Parsons’ 1856 map depicts no structures in the area of estate 22.
Snippet of the Oxholm map of 1799 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
Oxholm’s 1799 map shows one structure at the southern extent of a ridge in estate 22 without naming it or providing other information.
Snippet of the Janssen map of 1791 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The 1791 manuscript map after Beck by Janssen attributes ownership to John Heyliger.
Snippet of the Mühlenfels map of 1790 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The 1790 manuscript map after Beck by Mühlenfels attributes ownership to John Heyliger.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of c.1770 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The annotated Beck map of c.1770 depicts an animal mill in the southern portion of estate 22 and attributes ownership to Robert Tounsen.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1770 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The annotated Beck map of 1770 depicts no animal mill in estate 22 and attributes ownership to Robert Tounsen.
Snippet of the undated annotated Beck map featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The undated annotated Beck map depicts an animal mill in the southern portion of estate 22 and attributes ownership to Robert Tounsen.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1767 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The annotated Beck map of 1767 depicts an animal mill in the southern portion of estate 22 and attributes ownership to Robert Tounsen.
Snippet of the Küffner map of 1767 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
Küffner’s 1767 manuscript copy of Beck’s map depicts a settlement but no sugar mill and attributes no ownership in the area of St. George’s.
Snippet of the Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck from 1766 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The Zöllner manuscript copy of Beck from 1766 depicts an animal mill in the southern portion of estate 22 and attributes ownership to Robert Tounsen.
Snippet of the 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The 1766 unsigned Beck manuscript copy depicts an animal mill in the southern portion of estate 22 and attributes ownership to Robert Tounsen.
Snippet of the annotated Beck map of 1766 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The annotated Beck map of 1766 depicts an animal mill in the southern portion of estate 22 and attributes ownership to Robert Tounsen.
Snippet of the Beck map printed circa 1757 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
Neither Beck printing shows a sugar mill icon in estate 22.
Snippet of the Beck map printed in 1754 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
Neither Beck printing shows a sugar mill icon in estate 22.
Snippet of the Cronenberg and von Jaegersberg map of 1750 featuring Prince's Quarter estate #22, currently named St. Georges and Sally's Fancy.
The 1750 map by Cronenberg and von Jægersberg indicates sugar cultivation and structures but no animal mill in estate 22. Ownership attributed to Janguard Tuby.