“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in St. John, Virgin Islands

Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park Marker image, Touch for more information
By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park Marker
1 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 Virgin Islands, 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
8 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
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Sep. 29, 2023