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Annaberg Sugar Plantation

Leinster Bay Rd, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
340 776 6201
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The most accessible and best preserved of its type, this once-working sugar plantation (circa 1870) was the site of boiling molasses and hardworking... more » Owner description: The most accessible and best preserved of its type, this once-working sugar plantation (circa 1870) was the site of boiling molasses and hardworking slaves harvesting sugarcane, and which now offers visitors regular tours and living-history demonstrations. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

It's a pretty simple site that doesn't take much time to tour, although maybe it takes more time during peak season. It's next to Maho Beach and Waterlemon Cay, so just stop by before going to the beach, especially if driving from Cruz Bay area. Flip flops are fine.

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Tx
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you're visiting a new place, I think it's always a good idea to learn a little about the history of the location in order to really appreicate it. The Annaberg Ruins were a great stop for us. The information plaques set up gave us a good understanding of what had taken place there and the location is just beautiful.... More

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Valley Stream, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
43 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

After sampling the many beaches and doing a lot of snorkeling, this was a nice break for us. We stayed and Cruz Bay and so the drive out there and back gave us a chance to see a little bit more of the island. Very simple hike if you can even call it a hike. Watch out for bees, there... More

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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A nice short self-guided tour on the site of a crumbling sugar plantation in the middle of the National Park. You learn something about life before the slaves revolted and won their own freedom, also has some gorgeous views. This year, I saw two mongooses. Worth a stop while you are at the park, and snorkeling in Waterlemon Cay down... More

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Southeastern U.S.
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171 reviews 171 reviews
53 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

While beaches and snorkeling are our primary focal points when we visit the islands, I always try to make a point of snorkeling nearby Waterlemon Cay and then visiting these ruins as part of the “island experience” when I bring friends to visit St. John. You need about half an hour or more to walk through the interpretive signage. There... More

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Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

View are absolutely amazing and worth the drive. Only a short distance from Maho Bay, Annaberg is home to some of the best views in the Caribbean. Looking out into the narrows and seeing Tortola and Jost Van Dyke is beautiful. The plantation itself was cool but the views are the best part. I will return again.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This sugar mill had some of the best ruins on the island, however not something to spend a large amount of time seeing. Be careful on the stairs up the mill, some of the boards are kind of loose.

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Newberg, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Annaberg Sugar plantation is really worth seeing. It's quite a ways north, kind near the end of the road, but it's really in pretty good shape. There's a giant mill and even some of the pots they boiled the cane in still exist. The tour tells a great story of how the plantation got started and ended up. And from... More

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Harrisburg, North Carolina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The ruins are a short uphill hike (on a boardwalk) from the parking lot. If you take a cab, they drop you off curbside at the top of the hill. Ruins include the slaves quarters, windmill base, horse mill base, and the ruins of the sugar factory. Amazing that it was built by hand, and you can see brain coral... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

When you need a break from the beach while in St. John, go visit this small bit of island history. Only takes an hour to walk through the remains of this old sugar mill and it's worth it. Looks like the hurricanes have taken their toll a bit but it's still a wonderful place to walk around. You'll enjoy great... More

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