The Bethlehem Plantation
The Bethlehem Plantation was in the King’s Quarter of St. Croix. It was originally three separate plots that were later united under one plantation. When Denmark purchased St. Croix from France in 1733, the Danish king became the first owner of Bethlehem. In 1751 the plantation was sold to the Heyliger family, who came from the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius. In 1767 the Windt family acquired the plantation by marriage. During the 1800s Bethlehem was bought and sold repeatedly. In 1902 the plantation was purchased by the Lachmann family, who built a new and by contemporary standards modern sugar refinery.
Farm produce is still grown at Bethlehem, which is now a cooperative run by local Virgin Islanders.