Annaberg Plantation (St. John)#4 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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Annaberg Plantation was established in the late 1700s by Danish colonists. Enslaved workers farmed 1,300 acres of sugar cane and produced 100,000 tons of sugar a year. The site also produced molasses and rum. Today, Annaberg provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the plantation's role in the African slave trade as well as how it produced its goods. The plantation and its mill are in slight ruin, but some parts have been restored. You'll be able to see the enslaved peoples' quarters, their work sites and the guardhouse that prevented them from escaping. Depending on the day, you may also be able to watch a demonstration on basket weaving or bread baking.
Travelers enjoyed their visits to the ruins. While they appreciated both the ruins and the spectacular views from the site, visitors were particularly fond of the knowledgeable employees. They also warned that those with mobility issues may have trouble navigating some of the steps on-site.
The Annaberg Historic District, which includes the plantation, is run by the Virgin Islands National Park Service. It is located in the northern section of Virgin Islands National Park. The park's visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. According to recent visitors, access to the site is free, though ranger-led tours may require a fee. For more information, check out the national park's website.
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If you're on St. John during your Virgin Islands vacation, you're likely right on the edge of Virgin Islands National Park. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions, such as Annaberg Plantation and Trunk Bay Beach, are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers and families alike have their choice of more than 20 trails to hike.
Some sections of the park, such as popular Cinnamon Bay Resort and its campgrounds, are still undergoing repair and revitalization following the 2017 hurricanes. But travelers agreed that there's still plenty to do at the park, enjoying the different beaches and hiking trails it offers, not to mention the water activities, such as boating and snorkeling.
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