Located on the north side of the Island of Saint John in the Virgin Islands National Park you will find Annaberg Ruins, the 18th century ruins of Annaberg Sugar Plantation.

While the Annaberg Ruins evoke a sense of awe with their picturesque setting and architectural remnants, they also serve as a sobering reminder of the island’s dark history of slavery. Thousands of enslaved Africans toiled under harsh conditions on plantations like Annaberg, enduring unimaginable hardships to fuel the sugar economy that enriched European colonizers. Today, the ruins stand as a testament to their resilience and enduring spirit, a reminder to honor their memory and acknowledge the injustices of the past. This is a true walk through history as you follow their footsteps. Signs within the site help illuminate how the buildings may have looked fully constructed. History will continue to unfold as you reach the entrance to Johnny Horn Trail at Waterlemon Cay which leads you to the Murphy House Ruin. Murphy House was named after James Murphy, a St. Thomas merchant, shipowner and slave trader.

While visiting Annaberg, you can also take the trail to the coast of Leinster Bay and Waterlemon Bay to find snorkeling and views that will not disappoint!

Our top tips for visiting these ruins:

* Prepare to admire the history and beauty of the site.

*Pack a snack and make sure to hydrate along the way!

* Help protect our coral reefs by wearing reef-safe sunscreen. (Support local! Purchase reef safe sunscreen at many shops on island.)


Check out the National Park Service page on Annaberg Ruins:



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