Musee de Villele, Saint-Gilles-les Hauts

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Get a glimpse of what life was like over a century ago for rich plantation owners and their slaves at Musee de Villele. This large 18th-century estate features a well-preserved colonial mansion that belonged to Madame Desbassayns, a wealthy heiress and even wealthier widow. See the period furniture displayed alongside art pieces and historical documents on the ground and upper floor of the residence. The tour includes a kitchen, small chapel, and slaves' hospital. You'll also get to see the ruins of the sugarcane factory devastated in a cyclone. Use our Saint-Gilles-les Hauts holiday builder website to arrange your visit to Musee de Villele and other attractions in Saint-Gilles-les Hauts.
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  • Good to get an insight about the local history. How they treated slaves is clearly explained and helps us remember never to duplicate this side of history again  more »
  • Very good experience, past should be known in order to avoid reproducing it. The story of slavery is very impressive. The guide is very passionate, we've spend a great time.  more »
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  • Interesting visit, the ticket & guided tour was cheap (2 Euros as of July 2017) and the guide was very engaging. A deep dive into the slavery history of the region and the world.
  • Interesting history and nice garden..part of the island discovery
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