Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins
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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.
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!