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The Department of Tourism looks forward to welcoming you to the U.S. Virgin Islands! Our recovery from last year’s storms has been very strong. Power has been restored, beaches and attractions have reopened, restaurants are serving up extraordinary dishes, and the USVI spirit is as warm and inviting as ever. Airlines and cruise lines have returned to our shores, and many hotels, bed and breakfasts and condominiums are available to overnight visitors even as our rebuilding work continues. The USVI yachting industry is unrivaled, and we have wonderful villas to accommodate groups large and small. More hotels will open near the end of 2018, and we are confident we will have an even better tourism product. Please contact your airline, accommodations provider and/or travel advisor for specific updates before you travel. The best way to continue help the Territory is to visit us! Also, please visit usviupdate.com for more details. #USVIStillNice

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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

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
Ceramics

Donald Schnell Studio
  • St. John
Phone: 340-776-6420
Woodcrafts

Avelino Samuels
  • St. John
Phone: 340-693-5916
Glass

Maho Bay Art Gallery
  • St. John
Phone: 340-776-6226
Soaps, Perfumes and Candles

St. Johns Bay Rum
  • St. John
Toll Free: 888-822-9786, 800-422-9786
Phone: 340-774-2166

Links to Cultural Organizations

St. John Historical Society
  • St. John
The Artists Association of St. John
Phone: 340-774-2275

Cultural Events

Emancipation Celebration
  • Franklin Powell Park, Cruz Bay
Phone: 340-776-6484
St. John Festival
  • Cruz Bay, St. John
Phone: 340-776-6484
USVI-BVI Friendship Day
Phone: 340-774-0100
October
USVI-Puerto Rico Friendship Day
  • Emancipation Gardens
Phone: 340-774-0100 x8049, 8050 or 340-777-8267
October; Columbus Day Weekend