On Thursday May 21 we went for a third visit to Santa Barbara. This time we had more problems to get permission from the guards to enter the area because there had been complaints caused by another group that went for a hike very close to the plantation house of Santa Barbara without permission from the owners of the plantation house. Even when you have the right to enter the area of Santa Barbara that doesn't automatiscally mean that you have access to everything on the plantation. The plantation house and a large area around it is private property. Entering that area without the explicit permission from the owners is considered trespassing.
We got permission from the owners of the plantation house so we were allowed to pass. We were greeted by Maya van der Werve, who lives next to the plantation house, and one of the owners, Eva.
From Maya's house we went to the plantation house where we first looked at the house and the other buildings on the property. One of these buildings could have been built on the foundation of a Spanish church here.
Closeby we went to the two cilindrical graves still accompanied by one of the owners. The two graves are of a different size; one of the two is much larger than the other, so probably one is for an adult and the other for a child. Both graves are cilindrical and become wider at one end. Both graves have no indication of who is buried in the grave.
Eva then showed us the way to the plains between the plantation house and Spanish water which are also part of the private property. From there we went on with our hike; Maya stayed with us for the remainder of the morning.
We went looking for a large dam that is visible on the Werbata map. This dam is an an area currently overgrown with mangroves. We found the dam, but it is in bad condition. Hardly recognizable as a dam anymore.
We decided to continue our hike in the direction of a well on the Werbata map. That appeared to be a large pos di pia, well-known to visitors of this area. It led us along a few other landmarks in this area, such as the bird sanctuary, the supposed foundation of the first Spanish church and a more modern bar apparently constructed from a former water tank.
The large pos di pia was interesting because of its size and because of an overflow in one of the corners. Around this overflow a round basin was constructed; the purpose of this separate basin inside the pos di pia is unknown to us.
On the other side of the pos some steps can be found; along it is a nicely constructed side; a large Mahogany tree grows next to the steps. On the same side of the pos there is a small cave that possibly was the point where the water entered the pos.
Our next target was a well that was indicated on the Werbata map close to the old road. What we found was a large well on the other side of that same road. The well was completely dry. That was our last target for the day; we went back to Maya's house where our cars were parked. After saying farewell we went back home.
- Two graves near plantation house St. Barbara Two graves near plantation house St. Barbara
- The smallest grave of the two The smallest grave of the two
- The grave becomes wider to one end The grave becomes wider to one end
- No indication who is buried here No indication who is buried here
- The largest of the two graves The largest of the two graves
- Also here no indication who is buried here Also here no indication who is buried here
- One of the many dams in this area One of the many dams in this area
- This dam has several sluices This dam has several sluices
- Impressive trunk of a Mangrove tree Impressive trunk of a Mangrove tree
- Mangroves Mangroves
- The remains of another dam The remains of another dam
- View on the Spanish water View on the Spanish water
- Information provided by St. Barbara Resort Information provided by St. Barbara Resort
- According to the provided information this would be the foundation of a SPanish church According to the provided information this would be the foundation of a SPanish church
- A water tank changed into a bar A water tank changed into a bar
- Recent construction Recent construction
- There are even tiles on top There are even tiles on top
- Huge pos di pia Huge pos di pia
- Probably an overflow Probably an overflow
- Sleuths taking a pause Sleuths taking a pause
- Strangely enough the overflow is in a separate construction Strangely enough the overflow is in a separate construction
- Large Mahogany tree close to the pos di pia Large Mahogany tree close to the pos di pia
- Nicely formed side of the steps into the pos di pia Nicely formed side of the steps into the pos di pia
- This Wayaca fell over This Wayaca fell over
- This could be the inlet of the pos di pia This could be the inlet of the pos di pia
- A large well close to the road A large well close to the road
- Large but empty Large but empty