Annaberg Sugar Plantation
Annaberg Sugar Plantation
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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.
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  • Talia B
    Westford, Massachusetts20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    St. John history
    This was an interesting, beautiful, and poignant place to visit. My husband and I walked up the stairs to get to the stone ruins of the sugar processing buildings and slave residences. Plaques around the property describe what you are seeing. It really makes you think about the hardship of the people who were enslaved there, next to the ocean views. I doubt they got to enjoy them. I hope their descendants have better lives. Definitely visit this place to get a sense of the history of St. John.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2023
  • bartpic
    New Haven, Connecticut492 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Side Trip
    We decided to drive to this place and check it out. It was a good idea. The history of this old mill is quite interesting. It's a little run down and part of it is under repair and not accessible but you get to observe most of it. The placards situated around the property are well written and informative. You only need 20- 40 minutes to walk around and read the history. It was a nice diversion. Be prepared to walk up a long stairway if you walk from the parking area. You can avoid this by getting dropped off at the taxi stand . It's a little rugged so wear supportive shoes . There were on-line warnings and signs at the entrance to be aware of bees. Not sure why, there were none. And no explanation of what kind of harmful bees may be around. I know most ALL bees are harmless and not aggressive unless provoked. But if you're allergic to bee venom, take heed just in case. Enjoy this interesting place.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Rebecca F
    Cleveland, Ohio32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important Historical Feature on St John
    This was a really important historical location that we visited. Allow for about 45 minutes to walk through and read all about the plantation. Important to know some of the islands history - I felt lots of emotions reading about the horrible conditions and learning of the brave people who tried to escape. About a 28 minute drive from south side of the island. Bring waters if you are there in the afternoon the heat is intense up high!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 5, 2024
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Rebecca F
Cleveland, OH32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was a really important historical location that we visited. Allow for about 45 minutes to walk through and read all about the plantation. Important to know some of the islands history - I felt lots of emotions reading about the horrible conditions and learning of the brave people who tried to escape. About a 28 minute drive from south side of the island. Bring waters if you are there in the afternoon the heat is intense up high!
Written April 5, 2024
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bartpic
New Haven, CT492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We decided to drive to this place and check it out. It was a good idea. The history of this old mill is quite interesting. It's a little run down and part of it is under repair and not accessible but you get to observe most of it. The placards situated around the property are well written and informative. You only need 20- 40 minutes to walk around and read the history. It was a nice diversion. Be prepared to walk up a long stairway if you walk from the parking area. You can avoid this by getting dropped off at the taxi stand . It's a little rugged so wear supportive shoes . There were on-line warnings and signs at the entrance to be aware of bees. Not sure why, there were none. And no explanation of what kind of harmful bees may be around. I know most ALL bees are harmless and not aggressive unless provoked. But if you're allergic to bee venom, take heed just in case. Enjoy this interesting place.
Written January 30, 2024
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Steve M
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
There are display markers explaining what each building was and how the sugar was made. Very informative. We saw quite a few windmill bases around the VIs, but nothing as complete as this plantation.
Written January 14, 2024
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johnfi
Cape Haze, FL309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We have been here many times and it's always a stop for us with showing friends around STJ to get a glimpse of what went on back in the day. The bees were active the day we were there, would be nice if the park service was able to treat the bees so you can walk around more.
Written December 2, 2023
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Talia B
Westford, MA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was an interesting, beautiful, and poignant place to visit. My husband and I walked up the stairs to get to the stone ruins of the sugar processing buildings and slave residences. Plaques around the property describe what you are seeing. It really makes you think about the hardship of the people who were enslaved there, next to the ocean views. I doubt they got to enjoy them. I hope their descendants have better lives. Definitely visit this place to get a sense of the history of St. John.
Written June 15, 2023
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MstqMI
Manistique1,329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We were on a tour around St. John and this was one of our stops. It was very interesting. "Mr. Bill', a volunteer was very friendly and helpful.
Written May 2, 2023
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LSUTraveller
Watson, LA1,878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Its reasonably well preserved from the original construction. Lots of history here. Was a bee alert issued for the area (April). Nice overlook of Lenister Bay.
Written April 14, 2023
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MommaBear318
Honesdale, PA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Amazing quick historical trip. We parked below and took wooden stairs up, but you can drive and drop off right at the site. Signs are maintained and have great info. Easy to do with little kids!
Written March 21, 2023
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Tracy R
Blanchard, OK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This was an easy, picturesque walk with signs to tell us about what we saw, for a self-guided tour..
Written January 20, 2023
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Jen G
Claremont, NH17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
My college-age kids, after spending a week on St. John visiting various ruins (Reef Bay Trail, Cinnamon Bay Ruins) and amazing beaches, both said that visiting Annaberg was the most impactful and memorable experience of the trip.

There were a handful of volunteers there who helped explain (with easy-to-follow diagrams) how the windmill was used to crush the sugar cane, and then how it was boiled down in successive vats, and then transferred to trays to crystalize. We learned facts about the plantation - how enslaved people did the grueling work to terrace the hillside, plant, grow, and harvest the cane before processing it. We went to the "cook house" and tried some sweet dry bread that was a staple for the enslaved workers, and we met "Bush," an islander with an encyclopedic knowledge of local plants and herbs he tends in the old garden (where the slaves had to grow all their own food). I was a little skeptical that soursop leaves could be used for anything from alleviating swelling/pain to curing cancer (like he said), so I looked it up on WebMd when I got home. All the knowledge of folk remedies that had been passed down to him has now been confirmed by science. So cool. I highly recommend stopping here! The ruins are interesting, but the information is what's most important.

I can't thank these volunteers enough for sharing their knowledge!
Written December 31, 2022
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