Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins
Producing sugar, molasses and rum as early as 1718, the Annaberg Sugar Mill is one of 25 sugar factories that were once operational on St. John Island. Accessible from North Shore road (Rt. 20), visitors today will discover an old windmill, animal mill, boiling house, rum still and slave quarters. A ranger from the Virgin Islands National Park offers guided tours of Annaberg Sugar Mill several days a week in-season (340-776-6201), or you can tour the site on your own. The area around Annaberg Sugar Mill makes a great day trip, with picnic tables up top and convenient toilet facilities below.
Catherineberg Sugar Mill Ruins
Located off Centerline Road (Rt. 10), the Catherineberg Sugar Mill was in operation in the 18th century. The grounds surrounding the area include a windmill and a round mill, used to generate energy and store water, respectively.
Sugar Factory Ruins at Cinnamon Bay
Newly renovated walking tour through the Sugar Factory ruins at Cinnamon Bay makes a great learning adventure. Accessible from North Shore Road (Rt. 20), visitors can park conveniently across the street at the Cinnamon Bay campground parking lot. Well-marked signs throughout, the half mile path around the sugar factory reveals colonial ruins with a horse mill used to extract syrup from cane stalks, as well as crypts from a Danish family who perished on the island.
Easily accessible from North Shore road (Rt. 20), Peace Hill overlook is unusually clearly marked with a sign. Visitors can pull into the parking lot and hike to either Peace Hill (100 yards) or Denis Bay beach (1/4 mile). Peace Hill overlook is the former site of the Christ of the Caribbean statue, commissioned in 1953 and destroyed in 1995 by hurricane Marilyn. Windmill ruins remain today, as well as more than 180 degree views of the north shore of St. John and nearby British Virgin Islands. Choose an unmarked path on the right, about 20 yards from the start, and you’ll find yourself at secluded Denis Bay. Top secret favorite among locals, the short hike to Denis Bay deters large families with lots of gear, so visitors will find themselves alone, or with other like-minded (i.e., quiet) beachgoers. Great snorkeling, even better sleeping!