Annaberg, St. John
I've written about Annaberg before. You can find those posts HERE.
Between 1717 and 1718 the Danes colonized St. John and the first 20 planters began to grow sugarcane, cotton and other crops. By 1731, a mere 14 years later, there were over 100 other working plantations and Annaberg, which means Anna's Hill, was under cultivation. Approximately 200 whites and 1000 black slaves lived on the island at that time.
At right is the windmill that was used for crushing sugarcane.
Other A names:
Anna Point, St. John
Ajax Peak, St. John
America Hill, St. John:
A beautiful estate house, now in ruins. As a child I walked inside it as the roof and the floors were still intact. You can see other pictures HERE.
Adrian Estate, St. John:
The site of one of the two steam engines used for crushing sugarcane.
|Photo by Jet Lowe, 1985. Owner: Library of Congress, Habs/Haer Collection.|
All Saints Cathedral, St. Thomas
was built in 1848 in celebration of the end of slavery. Because of a drought, molasses and rum was used in mixing some of the mortar. I went to the school attached to this church and there were times when we could catch the faintest whiff, particularly in the two small rooms at the front of the church.