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The Rum Story, Whitehaven

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The Rum Story is a visitor attraction and museum in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England. It presents the story of the rum trade and the creation of rum. It is located in an original 1785 trading shop and warehouses.

The Rum Story was started with United Kingdom National Lottery funding from the Millennium Commission and opened in May 2000. It was voted Cumbria Tourism's "Small Visitor Attraction" in 2007.
The Jefferson family, wine merchants, imported wine and spirits for over two centuries until 1998. Their story is covered by The Rum Story. Brothers Henry and Robert Jefferson had joint interests in two estates in Antigua leased from Rear Admiral Sir William Ogilvy, father of Sir John Ogilvy, 9th Baronet. These were York's Estate (which had 146 enslaved people) and the New Division Estate (309 enslaved people) There is also a Margarett Jefferson listed in connection with the Bahamas, and a Thomas Jefferson in Jamaica.
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  • Not very clear on access to story. Does provide a "map" to the way round but we used the lft and it wasn't clear where to enter the tour. And when using the lift you have to come back through... 
    Not very clear on access to story. Does provide a "map" to the way round but we used the lft and it wasn't clear where to enter the tour. And when using the lift you have to come back through...  more »
  • We were on a 3 night break and wanted a more sedate activity in between two days of hiking so picked a visit to Whitehaven and the Rum Story Museum. We expected a small museum snd got the opposite... 
    We were on a 3 night break and wanted a more sedate activity in between two days of hiking so picked a visit to Whitehaven and the Rum Story Museum. We expected a small museum snd got the opposite...  more »
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  • What a great place to visit. There are lifts to every floor and chairs to sit on if you need a rest. Dogs are allowed in the courtyard but not in the museum. We were given a map to follow and enjoyed all the exhibits. Make sure you look into the jukebox!!!!! We enjoyed the hot chocolate and latte with the drop of rum in. Fantastic
  • What a nice shop or store very curious place had everything and no we was visiting this town and it have a lot to see sad that I didn’t taste the Rum as I was driving but I did buy the beer pack and I have to said I wasn’t expecting that good taste. Very clean shop very friendly Lady. As I do recommend this place to check it out and if you are in town we’ll have a look

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