Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins

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Ready for today's hike!

Today we woke to a full campground!  Being the 4th of July weekend, most of the sites had filled up, and we had neighbors in the tents beside and across from us.    24 hours ago, we practically had the campground to ourselves, and now it was packed!   Tyler and I had a leisurely breakfast, opting for cereal instead of cooking... then we filled our packs with what we would need for the days adventures!  Today we would head out to explore the ruins of the old Annaberg Surgar Plantation, overlooking Leinster Bay.

Annaberg Plantation, as of 1780, was one of 25 active sugar producing factories on St. John. Other products produced at Annaberg were molasses and rum. Slave labor was used to clear densely forested hillsides and to terrace the slopes around Annaberg to make farming possible.

All thats left of an old windmill
Slave labor was also used to plant, harvest and process the sugarcane. When slavery was abolished, plantations were divided. The 518 acres that were once Annaberg Plantation were divided into smaller farms.  Now, a forest of trees has reclaimed the hillsides where the sugarcane once grew.  In the early 1800's, a large windmill was built here, the largest in the islands.  Wind power was harnessed to grind the sugarcane, so the juices could be processed into sugar, molasses, and rum.   When there was no wind, they used horses to go in circles, to turn the wheels that ran the grinders.   Without slave labor, the plantations could no longer remain profitable, and now the ruins of several of these old plantations can be found in various places around St John.

We explored the ruins for awhile, took a bunch of pictures, and then headed off to go look for a new snorkeling spot!  On the way to Annaberg, we had passed a turnoff that led  to Francis bay, which according to our National Parks Map, had a beach and picnic area.  Sounds like something worth checking out!

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Ready for todays hike!
Ready for today's hike!
All thats left of an old windmill
All thats left of an old windmill
View of Leinster Bay from the Anna…
View of Leinster Bay from the Ann…
lets go!
lets go!
Walking trail through the ruins
Walking trail through the ruins
Wooden plank steps led through the…
Wooden plank steps led through th…
Several signs there to explain the…
Several signs there to explain th…
Nice views
Nice views
The plantations depended on slave …
The plantations depended on slave…
All the wooden structures were lon…
All the wooden structures were lo…
mostly just rock remains
mostly just rock remains
Weve had some beautiful weather s…
We've had some beautiful weather …
odd-shaped tree
odd-shaped tree
They used windmills to grind the s…
They used windmills to grind the …
Looking towards the British Virgin…
Looking towards the British Virgi…
There was a paved trail leading al…
There was a paved trail leading a…
Leinster Bay. We considered snorke…
Leinster Bay. We considered snork…
The windmills helped convert sugar…
The windmills helped convert suga…
Once, almost the whole island was …
Once, almost the whole island was…
Deep storage pit of some sort!
Deep storage pit of some sort!
St John was once Dutch.... hence, …
St John was once Dutch.... hence,…
lots of old buildings to look at
lots of old buildings to look at
An old oven?
An old oven?
none of the structures had roofs..…
none of the structures had roofs.…
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
They boiled the cane juices to mak…
They boiled the cane juices to ma…
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Ruins of the Rum Factory
Ruins of the Rum Factory
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Inside th rum factory
Inside th rum factory
Ruins of the Rum Factory
Ruins of the Rum Factory
Ruins of the Rum Factory
Ruins of the Rum Factory
Another storage pit.. no way to ge…
Another storage pit.. no way to g…
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Rum is still one of the major expo…
Rum is still one of the major exp…
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Not sure what this blocked off roo…
Not sure what this blocked off ro…
Horses turned the grinders when th…
Horses turned the grinders when t…
Windmill ruins
Windmill ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Annaberg Ruins
Once, almost the whole island was …
Once, almost the whole island was…
This is where horses used to turn …
This is where horses used to turn…
A beautiful day!
A beautiful day!
Saint John
photo by: vijess7