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. 


If you like to become more aware of other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To get additional information concerning each museum, just click on the name.

One popular destination is Ivan Jadan Museum. It is located within downtown Cruz Bay. To pursue its dedication, the Ivan Jaden Museum features music, collections, and writings, as well as a number of books about the dark history of the Soviet Union, a fact that Jaden fought to reveal since leaving Russia in 1941.

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 like to learn about the historical roots of foreign countries, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions while vacationing on St. John.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Annaberg Plantation. It is located in 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 popular destination 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.

View the following table for a list of historic sites 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 can experience some other interesting local attractions within reach of St. John.

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, you will find other attraction types available too. You can find more details about other attractions on this page.


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