Cactus dominates portions of the Estate St. George Village Botanical Garden. It has more than 1,500 species of native and exotic plants. It is built around the ruins of the old sugar-cane plantation. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The stone wind mill at Estate Whim was built between 1768 and 1779. Initially, animals including horses, oxen and mules were used to crush juice from sugar cane. Slaves fed sugar cane between three wind-powered rollers and the juice drained down a sluice to a nearby factory for processing. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The Estate Whim is filled with period items from the Caribbean. The walls are made from cut brain coral, limestone and rubble and bonded with a mortar containing molasses. The Great House is surrounded by a dry moat that cools the building. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The remains of slave quarters that still stand at Estate St. George Village Botanical Garden. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The 12-acre Estate Whim Museum on St. Croix offers a look at what life was like 250 years ago on sugar-cane plantations that dominated the island. The restored Great House was built about 1760 and was rebuilt several times. It is 95 feet long and 35 feet wide with 16-foot ceilings. Its walls are 30 inches thick. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Machinery from the Estate Whim's sugar-cane processing stands in a field on the southwest corner of St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin islands. The museum is one of 50 sites where plantation remains can be found on the island that was settled by Denmark. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The remains of Estate St. George that once had 150 slaves on St. Croix. It is now a botanical garden on the island's southwest corner. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Akron cannot independently confirm FirstMerit Corp. fulfilled its 2013 promise to provide 150 new jobs in Akron in exchange for millions of dollars of upgrades to its aging plaza, but a city official said he has no reason to doubt the bank’s word.