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Address: Leinster Bay Rd, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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+1 340-776-6201

The most accessible and best preserved of its type, this once-working sugar...

The most accessible and best preserved of its type, this once-working sugar plantation (circa 1870) was the site of boiling molasses and hardworking slaves harvesting sugarcane, and which now offers visitors regular tours and living-history demonstrations.

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Visit the cookhouse

Get a little snack and a drink at the cookhouse. A couple days a week there is a God who gives you some good directions. There is also someone attending a garden which is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Get a little snack and a drink at the cookhouse. A couple days a week there is a God who gives you some good directions. There is also someone attending a garden which is beautiful. This is a must visit.

Thank Daniel S
Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took advantage of cloudy day to hike here. Its worth it fun historical spot. Amazing views and the lower hike to Waterlemon cay is also amazing.

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Winterport, Maine
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the old ruins which were greatly interesting to my history loving family. The sad history of slavery is such a tragedy. The snorkeling here in the bay was really great and we saw a turtle, Rey, barracuda, many parrotfish and so many other and yes all the beautiful coral.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying on St. Thomas and took the ferry to St. John. We then hired a "safari" type open air vehicle to take us on a tour. There was a very steep climb but well worth it. Was very impressed with the sugar plantation. The view is amazing; signage about the plantation very helpful. Also, a guide who talked... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here as part of an island tour from a cruise ship. It is quite a steep hill to walk up. There are signs so you can read some of the history. Good views looking out to sea. Worth a stop.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think the best part about this set of ruins is the amazing view out on Leinster Bay and Watermelon Cay. The ruins are the site of historical reenactments. They make bread and do other traditional plantation activities. Also they have barriers up everywhere to stop people from entering the ruins or climbing on them. Sort of takes a little... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk to the plantation is a pretty steep incline, we went after a small rain storm and it was pretty slippery. The information along the trail was great and we learn a lot. Its very cool to see the history of the island and it doesn't hurt that the top of the plantation is a great view of the... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Uphill and a little bit of a hike. Still a great place to visit and learn a little about the history of St John Island.

Thank Robin G
Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

The ruins are so amazing to visit-they are in great shape and it is cool to imagine the ingenuity that it took to build these plantations back so long ago. Great history on St. John!

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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Was able to walk among the ruins, and it was quite navigatable, however the lady handing out the cool drink had somewhat of an attitude, just saying....

Thank marelise22

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