Today in History: Fire Destroys the Mitcham House at Geneva Estate

Back Yard at Former Mitcham House at Geneva Estate, Dominica

In the nineteenth century the Lockhart family lived at Geneva Estate’s main house, known as Mitcham House.  Dominica-born writer Jean Rhys visited Mitcham as a child, as her mother was a Lockhart, and her memories of Mitcham influenced some of her writings.

On October 19, 1932, a fire destroyed Mitcham House.  With his home and possessions destroyed, Norman Lockhart petitioned the Government for repayment.  This caused some controversy, as funds for compensation were scarce and the cause of the fire was not determined.

The estate house would be rebuilt uphill closer to Lallay.  In 1949, Elias Nassief purchased Geneva Estate.

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