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Legends of the Leaf: Margaret’s Hope

Although not exactly a legend, the story of how Margaret’s Hope got its name always comes to my mind whenever I am sipping a cup of this famous estate’s tea. Did you know that once upon a time, Margaret’s Hope was called Bara Rington? The owner of the plantation, Mr. Cruikshank, had a daughter named Margaret and by all accounts, he loved her very much. Some stories refer to him as Mr. Bagdon but Cruikshank seems to be the general consensus. The tea plantation was one of young Margaret’s favorite places and she vowed to return. Sadly she fell ill on a return trip to England and died soon afterward. Her grieving father renamed the plantation Margaret’s Hope in her memory. Rumor has it that her ghost still wanders the bungalows of the garden.

I did a ton of searching but wasn’t able to find any pictures of the Cruikshank family or the tea plantation of yore. If anyone has any leads, let me know in the comments!

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.