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“Lots to see here” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Annaberg Sugar Plantation

Annaberg Sugar Plantation
Leinster Bay Rd, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
340 776 6201
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Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
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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.
Trumansburg, New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Lots to see here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The ruins at Annaberg offer a lot to see. The volunteer guide offered us some very interesting history. Hike the trail to Water Lemon Key as well to see additional ruins.

Visited March 2013
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Hanover, Maryland
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great history lesson.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Pick up the full story at the NPS HQ in Cruz Bay and take it with you before hiking through these ruins.
It's an easy walk from the parking lot below--wear bug spray.
This was the largest sugar plantation on St John and is well preserved, enough so that you get the picture on how everything worked.
Picnic tables under shade near the windmill, great views of Leinster Bay as well as the BVIs: Great Thatch and Tortola.
Recommend you go on your own, as the taxi tour driver gives you very little time to explore, learn, enjoy the ruins. At our leisure (about an hour), we read all everything, imagined a lot, could almost smell the molasses, and see the struggle of the slaves making this work. Then we hiked to Leinster Bay and snorkeled Waterlemon Cay.
You can catch the NPS providing living demonstrations there as well--they will make dumb bread and talk about how it all worked.
Restroom available.

Visited March 2013
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Somers, Connecticut
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“An incredible walk thru the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This was an amazing site. We went at the end of the day and we were the only ones at the site. Be sure to pick up the information sheet on the Annaberg Plantation when you are at the visitors center. It really gives you the full picture of how the mill worked and what the daily life was like for the slaves on the plantation. This was a good learning experience for the kids, and helped them to understand the past as well.

Visited February 2013
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Elysburg, Pennsylvania
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Go the end of the day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

To avoid the crowds we went the end of the day. We were the only ones there and plenty of parking to be had. Fantastic Ruins!

Visited February 2013
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Holmdel, New Jersey
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“Go back in time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Visiting this "plantation" lets you know that St. Johns is not just beaches and views. There's a heavy history of slave trade and slave use. The structure of the sugar plantation buildings and the understanding of the molasses and sugar processing are fascinating but the strongest feeling one gets is sadness knowing what the slaves had to endure day in and day out.

Visited January 2013
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