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Visiting Annaberg Plantation Ruins

The Annaberg Plantation ruins, perched atop Leinster Bay on St. John, are the most complete archeological sugar plantation ruins in the U.S. Virgin Islands, featuring horse mill, cistern, oven rum still, dungeon, former slave quarters, and a 40 foot windmill. The plantation ruins offer a look into the rich history of St. John.

One of 25 active sugar factories on St. John during the late 18th century, rum and molasses were also produced at Annaberg. Slave labor was once used on the plantation to plant, harvest, and process sugarcane, as well as clear parts of the dense forest for farming. When slavery was abolished, the plantation was split into several smaller farms.

Today the Annaberg Plantation features interpretive plaques to guide visitors through the ruins and visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds daily between dawn and dusk. The Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center provides information and a self-guided tour of the plantation. You may even find a knowledgeable local or taxi cab driver who will tell you fascinating stories about the plantation that have been passed down for years. Annually Annaberg Plantation is the epicenter of the St. John Folk-life Festival with story-telling, dancing, and living history demonstrations of basket-weaving and johnnycake-making, highlighting the crafts and chores of the Danish Plantation days, and the workings of a sugar mill and factory.

Windspree Vacation Homes features several beautiful, private villa rentals just a short drive from the beautiful vistas of Annaberg and the abundant snorkeling and water sports of Leinster Bay. Windspree Vacation Homes boasts gorgeous and luxurious USVI villas located close to all of the wonderful historical sites on St. John. Call Karen or Kay or any of the Windspree staff today to begin planning your Caribbean vacation!


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