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St. Johnians are always eager to share the history of their communities and culture. The Annaberg Sugar Plantation often hosts exhibitions, concerts and arts and crafts fairs. The grounds themselves offer a glimpse into the rich agricultural history of the island. The self-guided Annaberg Historic Trail takes visitors through restored ruins on the plantation grounds. Petroglyphs created by Arawak Indians can be found along the Reef Bay Trail in Virgin Islands National Park. Tour guides elsewhere on the island can acquaint you with the island's ancient folklore as well as its wildlife.
The Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum, located in a restored plantation greathouse near Cruz Bay, contains photographs and newspaper articles detailing the island's history. Paintings, drawings and other artwork created by local artists are also on display.
Volunteers can join scientists at the Cinnamon Bay archaeological dig to help uncover 500 years of ceremonial activity of the Taino Indians, as well Danish plantation ruins. Vacationers are encouraged to visit the site and join the excavation.
Emmaus Moravian Church
Constructed in 1750, this church is on the National Registry of Historic Places as one of the least-altered Moravian complexes in the West Indies. The rectangle shaped building is constructed of rubble masonry with stucco and contains flat-headed window and door openings. 340-776-6713
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