A Lifetime in the Coal Pit
After 74 years, Winston Molyneaux is passing his charcoal making skills onto the younger generation.
Story and photos by Dean Greenaway
One can't miss that very distinctive scent of a charcoal pit burning while driving around the Territory, and for years, I'd been hearing that the biggest coal pit was being constructed on Tortola at Apple Bay on the northwest coast.
Charcoal was once a big industry in the Virgin Islands. Local trees were cut down and the wood burned underground in pits to produce a fragrant charcoal used for cooking. It is only in the last few decades that this centuries old tradition has begun to die out ...Read More