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Annaberg Plantation (St. John) free

Leinster Bay Rd | Virgin Islands National Park
Annaberg Plantation (St. John) Photo info
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  • Type: Museums, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 U.S. News Travel (3.9)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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In its heyday, the Annaberg Plantation produced sugar, molasses and rum. Now, if you swing by this ruined (but partially restored) plantation and mill, you can learn about sugar production in the 18th and 19th centuries. And depending on the day, participate in a demonstration on basket weaving or bread baking. One TripAdvisor reviewer valued the chance to inject some history into a beach vacation: "The ruins are fairly extensive and well-preserved ... the signage is great and explains what you are looking at and some background on the sugar plantations and the slaves the plantations depended on." Down the hill from Annaberg is Leinster Bay, a perfect spot for some impromptu beachcombing.

The Annaberg Historic District, which includes the plantation, is run by the Virgin Islands National Park Service. The Cruz Bay Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and rangers lead tours throughout the day. For more information, check out the national park's website.

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