Sol donates to renovating historic cook house

POSTED: 06/14/12 12:40 PM

Treasurer of the Emilio Wilson Historical and Cultural Foundation Julius Lambert, Wilhelm Patrick also of the Foundation, David Antrobus of Sol Antilles and Alan Busby of the foundation.

St. Maarten – Sol Antilles donated money recently towards the restoration of the cook house at the Emilio Wilson Park. The building has been vandalized several times and the roof was destroyed by hurricane.

The cook house (restaurant) was operational for quite some years and served as a favorite location that was visited daily by many families and friends to have lunch or dinner in an environment surrounded by greenery and very relaxed atmosphere. This continued until people vandalized the building and destroyed the equipment and appliances in the building. The vandalism and destruction of several buildings on the estate property by hurricane was a major setback for the development of the park.  However, the Emilio Wilson Historical and Cultural Foundation (EWHCF) is determined to reconstruct the historical and cultural experience of the plantation estate and to this end we will be calling on the different corporate citizens to support us in our ongoing endeavor to restore the damaged historical buildings and structures that are a part of the heritage of our island.

“We express our gratitude to Sol Antilles for their contribution towards (re)construction of the cook house. In this endeavor, we believe that it is equally important that our corporate citizens receive the necessary appreciation for their contribution towards our common goal to restore the historical and cultural heritage of our island and its citizens,” a release states.

The late Mr. Emilio Wilson signed a 60 years’ long lease agreement with the EWHCF for US$ 1.00 (one dollar) a year for the purpose of developing  a park for the community of St. Maarten on a 16, 000 square meter piece of his estate. The foundation constructed a cook house (restaurant), a wattle house, thatch house, Dr. Millard School, outhouse, watch house and other structures on the property of the park in order to develop the historical, cultural, educational and recreational nature of the plantation estate. There are also several ruins such as a sugar mill, boiling house, cistern, Dr. Millard’s dwelling with his clinic on the park’s property, for which the foundation also has plans for future restoration.

 

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