The lane in front of Butler's House was once the island's Main Road, bustling with activity from dawn to dusk. It's now a quiet village lane, dotted with charming chattel houses, whose beginnings certainly pre-date my birth.
Homes that can easily be dismantled or moved, chattel houses were much favoured by plantation workers who could literally take their homes with them when leaving a job.
I'm an American who has lived in England for almost 20 years. In 2005, my English husband and I bought, restored and rennovated an old plantation home (circa 1700's) on the charming island of Nevis. We never really knew what we had until the restoration process began. During that time, Tim & I realised that--like owners before us-- we are caretakers, ensuring Butler's will be around for many generations to come.
This blog follows our ongoing discoveries into Butler's House... its origins and its owners.