St. John Landmarks

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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 enjoy expanding your knowledge of other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name to learn detailed information.

One popular destination 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

Do you like discovering the history of the places you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites while vacationing on St. John.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Annaberg Plantation. It is found within northeastern St. John. One of the main plantations to support the sugar industry on St. Croix during the 18th and 19th centuries, Annaberg Plantation was owned by the first Danish governor of St. Croix, Frederick Moth. Now, the property is in ruins and is a popular tourist attractions amongst those who wonder about the history of the plantation in the U.S.

Attractions Map

Another common landmark for vacationers is Catherineberg Ruins. It is located in western St. John. Visitors who tour this property will encounter 18th century era factory buildings, a windmill tower, a horse mill, and ruins of other plantation buildings.

Petroglyphs: Believed to be between six hundred and seven hundred years old, these etching were carved into the rock wall probably by the Taino Indians who inhabited the island before the European Conquests. Today they are just one set of etchings that have been found several other Taino Islands; including Cuba, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.

Take a look at this table to read more about 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

Guests will experience some other interesting attractions 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

If you want to learn about a wider variety of points of interest beyond the category on this page, you can expand your planning horizon. Take advantage of this extended discussion about even more attractions if you want to find additional specifics.


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