Next door to Peoples Place, Hilltop has a very well-curated collection of artifacts from Montserrat’s past. The owner, David Lea, took a lot of video of volcanic activity over the years, and I am pretty sure it is his work featured at the Monserrat Volcano Observatory video presentation. He has collected a lot of items from the ruins of Plymouth, the former capital city, and has a wall dedicated to the over 100 albums (remember those?) recorded at Air Studios in Monserrat. He also has the chair that many guitar players at the studio sat on to record (Eric Clapton, Sting, etc.). And of course a wall dedicated to Arrow, a Monserratian who recorded Hot Hot Hot.
There is coffee, a good selection of fresh juices, and maybe when you get there you can get a passion fruit juice mixed with iced tea (we suggested it be called an Arrow Palmer…). There is also a ping pong table if you are so inclined. Like every place we went in Montserrat, every interaction was friendly and welcoming.
Last but not least, the trail head for the Oriole Walkway trail is right next door (you can’t miss the Fogarty Sugar Mill ruins, it starts right there.). Which reminds me that you should go to the Tourist Board for a trail map, and a few other good Montserrat brochures. The Tourist Board is not well marked (as in – no sign above the door), it is in the far north on the way to Little Bay, in what looks like a sort of small shopping mall. The National Trust gift shop in Olveston / Woodlands area has a good selection of maps, and to our mind the best Montserrat souvenir stuff on island. Look for the artwork there by local artist Shan Murrell.
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