5. Visit to Habitation Clement (Rum Factory) – Visit to Francois Town Centre

Visit to Habitation Clement (Rum Factory) – Historical

Our visit to the rum distillery was surreal. The rum factory is set in 300 hectares of land, owned by Homer Clements, a former Mayor of Francois.

Walking around the surrounding mahogany fields was relaxing. The different fruit trees, flowers, and exhibits were captivating. We conversed, socialised with each other and later enjoyed our picnic lunch in the grounds.

“Picking mangoes with the other dance groups was hilariously funny, reminding me of my childhood days in Jamaica”

The unguided tour of the rum factory was of historical interest. The old sugar mills, artefacts and images of people who worked on the sugar plantation were enlightening.

“The highlight of the visit was the rum tasting session!!”

It took place in a small crowded room, on the estate, bustling with tourists. We merrily sampled the variety of rums, rum punch and brandy from their extensive range. We certainly did not leave empty handed.

  • Visit to Rum Factory

Visit to the Town Centre – A quiet place

Our Host ensured we had some time out to visit the coastal town of Francois to do some souvenir shopping.

“Unguided, I took the opportunity to look around this small quiet, clean “ghostlike” town with its many old wooden buildings, French style architecture, and quaint shops”

We were surprised at the small number of people in the town that day and wondered if it was an atypical day.

One interesting place is the Camille Darsiere Square, where the old courthouse, now the cultural centre of Francois is located. There is also a huge statue of Victor Schoelcher a French politician, journalist and prominent 19th century abolitionist. He obtained a decree from the Martinique Committee of Colonist to abolish slavery in the French Empire. Slavery was abolished in Martinique in 1848.

  • Down Town Francois
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