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CULTURE & HISTORY

St. Johnians are always eager to share the history of their communities and culture. The Annaberg Sugar Plantation often hosts exhibitions, concerts and arts and crafts fairs. The grounds themselves offer a glimpse into the rich agricultural history of the island. The self-guided Annaberg Historic Trail takes visitors through restored ruins on the plantation grounds. Petroglyphs created by Arawak Indians can be found along the Reef Bay Trail in Virgin Islands National Park. Tour guides elsewhere on the island can acquaint you with the island's ancient folklore as well as its wildlife.

The Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum, located in a restored plantation greathouse near Cruz Bay, contains photographs and newspaper articles detailing the island's history. Paintings, drawings and other artwork created by local artists are also on display.

Volunteers can join scientists at the Cinnamon Bay archaeological dig to help uncover 500 years of ceremonial activity of the Taino Indians, as well Danish plantation ruins. Vacationers are encouraged to visit the site and join the excavation.

Historic Places of Worship
Made in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Links to Cultural Organizations
Cultural Events

HISTORIC PLACES OF WORSHIP

Emmaus Moravian Church

Constructed in 1750, this church is on the National Registry of Historic Places as one of the least-altered Moravian complexes in the West Indies. The rectangle shaped building is constructed of rubble masonry with stucco and contains flat-headed window and door openings. 340-776-6713

MADE IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

Basket Weaving

  • Veronica Valmond

    St. John

    Phone: 340-715-1849

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Ceramics

Woodcrafts

  • Avelino Samuels

    St. John

    Phone: 340-693-5916

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Glass

Soaps, Perfumes and Candles

  • St. Johns Bay Rum

    St. John

    Toll Free: 888-822-9786

    Toll Free: 800-422-9786

    Phone: 340-774-2166

    www.stjohnsbayrum.com

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LINKS TO CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

CULTURAL EVENTS

  • Emancipation Celebration

    Franklin Powell Park, Cruz Bay

    July 3

    Phone: 340-776-6484

    www.stjohnfest.com

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  • USVI-BVI Friendship Day

    October

    Phone: 340-774-0100

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  • USVI-Puerto Rico Friendship Day

    Emancipation Gardens

    October; Columbus Day Weekend

    Phone: 340-774-0100 x8049, 8050 or 340-777-8267

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