Landmarks on St. John

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Many of the landmarks on St. John come in the form of historic homes and ruins.  This is great for tourists who like to get a sense of local history and see what life has been like on the island through the years. 


In case you like to become more aware of other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. Click on the each name to obtain detailed information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Ivan Jadan Museum. It is located in downtown Cruz Bay. The Ivan Jaden Museum is a small educational experience right in Cruz Bay dedicated to the Russian tenor, refugee and fighter for freedom, Ivan Jaden. The museum is dedicated to Jaden and his belief in freedom and the importance of spreading the truth about life in the Soviet Union.

Museums On St. John
Name Phone Location Island
Ivan Jadan Museum (340) 776-6423 Downtown Cruz Bay St. John

Historical Sites

Annaberg Plantation

If you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions during your stay.

Many travelers choose to visit Annaberg Plantation. It is located within northeastern St. John. A number of buildings associated with sugar production, including a windmill, factory, and slave quarters, although in ruins, are all a part of a tour of this property.

Attractions Map

Another popular destination is Catherineberg Ruins. It is situated in western St. John. One of the first settled properties in the U.S. Virgin Islands was the Catherineberg Farm, and the property served as a sugar plantation throughout much of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Petroglyphs: With interesting views and presentations, guests to the site will have the opportunity to learn quite a bit of the old culture. Be sure to take the opportunity to ask any questions that you have to park staff to gain the most out of the experience.

Be sure to look through the following table for information concerning sites of historical interest on the island.

Historic Sites On St. John
Name Phone Location
America Hill Ruins -- 3.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay
Annaberg Plantation (340) 776-6201 ext. 238 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay
Catherineberg Ruins -- 2.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins (340) 776-6201 3.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay Battery -- Downtown Cruz Bay
Denis Bay Ruins -- 1.9 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay
Emmaus Moravian Church (340) 776-6713 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Coral Bay
Fortsburg Ruins -- 0.6 mi. East of Central Coral Bay
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins -- 3.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Caneel Bay
Fredriksdal Ruins -- 1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay
Lameshur Bay Ruins -- 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Coral Bay
Par Force Estate Ruins -- Central St. John
Petroglyphs (340) 776-6201 ext. 238 Central St. John
Rebellion Gut -- 1.9 mi. East of Downtown Cruz Bay
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins -- Central St. John
Windberg Ruins -- 1.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Coral Bay

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors may enjoy some other interesting landmarks within reach the island.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near St. John
Name Type Location Island
Buck Island Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie Buck Island

Of course, St. John offers other attractions. Follow this link to read our page about other interesting attractions for St. John.


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