Whether you are newlyweds on your honeymoon or on a family vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, there are plenty of things to see in St. John. Among the many popular tourist sites, Annaberg Plantation is a favorite.
What is Annaberg Plantation?
As of 1780, Annaberg Plantation was one of 25 working sugar-producing factories on St. John. Annaberg also produced rum and molasses. Slave labor was used to clear the dense forested hillsides and to terrace the slops to make farming possible. In addition to clearing trees, slaves also planted, harvested and processed sugarcane on the plantation.
After slavery was abolished, the 518 acres that housed the thriving sugar plantation was divided into smaller farms. Now the city is appreciated for the ruins and history that still prospers.
How is the plantation today?
Today, the plantation ruins are protected by the Virgin Islands National Park and are open to the public. With trails leading through the factory ruins, windmill, slave quarters and other remains, the plantation makes an interesting and educational day trip. In addition, the signs and placards along the trails describe how the sugar was produced. This helps visitors gain insight on the plantation life in Annaberg and on St. John as well.
Another of the many things to see in St. John are the thirty-four foot wide, twenty foot tall windmill at Annaberg. For many years, it was one of the largest windmills on the islands. So if you’re a history lover, we highly recommend touring Annaberg. It will be a true treat that you’ll never forget, and you might even learn something too!
If you’re interested in the history and want to visit the Annaberg Plantation on your stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands, consider staying at a hotel or resort in St. John, so you’re close to the action.
Vacationing to the U.S. Virgin Islands offers more to visitors than just a white sand beach. In addition the breathtaking land, the three islands have their own unique blend of culture and activities. You may even find yourself looking for things to see in St. Thomas that will teach you more about the rich island history—like taking the St. Thomas Historical Walking Tour through the famous Charlotte Amalie.
What is Charlotte Amalie?
After being founded by Danish settlers in 1681, Charlotte Amalie was named a place of historic interest by the National Registry of Historic Places. Once an old trading post in colonial times, it is now one of the most popular duty free ports in the Caribbean. As a result of this, you can experience an evolution of island history and culture within just a few blocks of the city. Through the walking tour, you will not only have the opportunity to explore 17th century Danish fortifications and get a glimpse of colonial life, but you will also have the chance to walk the cobble stone alleyways too.
Why take the St. Thomas Historical Walking Tour?
While it’s possible to explore downtown St. Thomas and Charlotte Amalie on your own, we strongly recommend the Historical Walking Tour because it offers insight and history of the port from an indigenous perspective. Guided by local historians, the St. Thomas Historical Walking Tour is a special chance to learn more about the history of the U.S. Virgin Islands. During the tour, guides can also point out things to see in St. Thomas and spots to view Charlotte Amalie that tourists may not know about.
What are other historical sites to see in St. Thomas?
During your stay, you might as well experience all of the historical sites while on the island. Aside from Charlotte Amalie, here are two of the most popular things to see in St. Thomas:
Store Taarne Gade: Charlotte Amalie is known for its unique step streets, which cut nearly all the hills coming up from the harbor. The original name of the steps is “Store Taarne Gade”, which means Greater Tower Street. In fact, the 99 Steps happen to be the most famous with its picturesque features of flowers cascading over each side and bricks that were brought from Denmark in their sailing ships.
St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum: Another one of the top things to see in St. Thomas is the St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum, which has rooms set up in antique fashion to get a glimpse of life back in the 17th century. The mission of the historical trust is to preserve the historical identity, structure, sites and cultural heritage of St. Thomas through education, advocacy and promotion.