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By Don Morfe, January 31, 2012
Danish Customs House Marker
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Christansted — Danish Customs House
This building was the third stop in the local chain of commerce. After conducting business at the Scales and Guinea Company Warehouse, merchants and planters paid import and export taxes to Danish customs officials here in the ground-floor . . . — Map (db m60709) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Christansted — Steeple Building
This building was the first Danish Lutheran church on the island—one of the few government buildings not directly involved in international trade. From 1754 to 1831 the Steeple Building was the embodiment of the Danish state religion. All . . . — Map (db m60711) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Christiansted — 12 King Street
Two story, masonry, residence and shop, with 4 arcades on lower floor and gingerbread trim on second story balcony. Studio of photographer Alex Ovesen and birthplace of Evelyn Richardson. Owners include Samuel Wescott’s children 1864-1950, Wenona de . . . — Map (db m60817) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Christiansted — Christiansted Wharf1830s-1850s
Along the wharf you would have heard the creaking of rigging and pulleys as ships unloaded foodstuffs, plantation supplies, and building materials. The scent of sugar and molasses sweetened the air. Down the street plodded oxen, snorting with . . . — Map (db m60815) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Christiansted — Fort Christiansvaern
This fort played a vital role in Christiansted’s international trade. Built at harbor’s edge to protect commercial shipping from pirates and privateers, the fort embodied colonists’ fears as well as economic strength. Here were quartered Danish . . . — Map (db m60707) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Christiansted — Millennium MonumentUnited States Virgin Islands — January 1, 2000
Since the dawn of consciousness, time has been measured by the movement of the sun. This marker, in the year 2000, is a continuum between all who have come before and all who are yet to come. The design concept starts with the Roman numeral . . . — Map (db m60837) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Christiansted — Native American Village and Ceremonial SiteColumbus Landing Site — National Historic Landmark
This site marks the only point on the United States Territory where members of the crew of Christopher Columbus came ashore on his second voyage to the New World in November 1493. It also relates to the first recorded altercation between Europeans . . . — Map (db m60782) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Christiansted — The Jacob Lindberg House1768
Known later as the Larsen House is a certified historic structure listed in the National Register of Historic Places. — Map (db m60816) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Frederiksted — Fort FrederikNational Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America — Map (db m60871) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St Croix, Frederiksted — Oscar E. Henry Customs House
Eighteenth Century Danish Customs House with nineteenth century addition of the 2nd story gallery. Owner is V.I. Government. Little Altered and in good condition. Placed by St. Croix Historic Preservation Commission 2006 — Map (db m60873) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St John, Cruz Bay — Establishment of Virgin Islands National ParkA Grassroots Contribution
The Virgin Islands government had proposed a territorial park for the Reef Bay region of St. John as early as 1937. This led to feasibility studies by the U.S. Department of the Interior to determine if the resources of St. John warranted the . . . — Map (db m60712) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St John, Cruz Bay — Laurance RockefellerPhilanthropist
In 1956 Laurance S. Rockefeller, financier and conservationist, donated over 5,000 acres through the Jackson Hole Preserve for the establishment of Virgin Islands National Park. While sailing the Caribbean in 1952, he became enchanted with the . . . — Map (db m60713) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St John, Cruz Bay — Philanthropy in the National Park Service
Private philanthropy has a long history and important role in the development of America’s National Park system.

Charitable donations by the Rockefeller family, notably by Laurance S. Rockefeller, helped to establish, enlarge or improve . . . — Map (db m60716) HM

U.S Virgin Islands, St John — Annaberg Historic TrailAnnaberg Sugar Mill
As you wander the ruins, picture the thriving 18th-19th century sugar factory: big rollers crushing the cane, juice pouring down to the boiling room, and everywhere the thick scent of rum and molasses. This was the Danish plantation era, when sugar . . . — Map (db m60776) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St John — Boiling Room
Intense heat. Steam rising from huge cauldrons. A foreman shouting to watch the last copper. This empty ruin was once the heart of Annaberg’s sugar operation. Workers ladled the cane juice from kettle to kettle, gradually concentrating and . . . — Map (db m60781) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St John — Horse Mill
When the breeze died, mules, horses or oxen plodded an endless circle in the sun while slaves fed cane to the rollers. A box at the base caught and held the juice until the factory called for more.

In the early 1900’s, after the sugar industry . . . — Map (db m60780) HM

U.S Virgin Islands, St John — Windmill
If there was a steady breeze, cane was brought to the windmill. Revolving sails turned a central shaft, rotating the rollers and crushing the stalks. Juice ran down the rollers into the gutter and flowed downhill to the factory. The windmill, as . . . — Map (db m60779) HM
U.S Virgin Islands, St John, St. John — Slave Quarters
Primarily used for sleeping and household storage, typical “wattle and daub”’ huts with woven stick walls (wattle), dirt floors, and tyre palm roofs comprised Annaberg’s slave quarters on the slope below. The exteriors were plastered . . . — Map (db m60777) HM

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