Having read two books about the history of sugar in the West Indies (The Sugar Barons, and Sugar in the Blood) I was particularly interested in visiting Sunbury Plantation House, in the south of Barbados.
We (Leslie, Lindsey and I) arrived there about mid-morning, and I asked the person who greeted us for tickets. She looked at me, Lindsey and Leslie in turn, gave Leslie a double-take from tip-to-toe, and then asked us if we wanted four tickets. Three will do, I responded.
Later, when we’d toured the house, we went to the cafe at the back of the house and asked the waitress for a table. She looked at us, and asked “A table for four?”
This time I walked right round Leslie and Lindsey to see if there was a ghost with us. There wasn’t, so I said that a table for three would do. The coffee was great. Leslie said it was the best coffee he’d had in Barbados.
If there was a ghost, it might have been that of King William, who came from Sunbury, was involved in the slave rebellion of 1816, and who was later tried and put to death.
You can read about the history of Sunbury here. It’s a wonderful house, over 300 years old, and is full of lovely furniture.