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Catherineberg Ruins, St. John

(4.5/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
Catherineberg Sugar Mill Ruins is an historic site located in the Virgin Islands National Park, east of Cruz Bay on Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The ruins are an example of an 18th-century sugar and rum factory.To reach Catherineberg, turn north on John Head Road from Centerline Road. There is room for several cars to park right next to the windmill.The "most impressive" ruin is that of an unusual windmill tower. Another ruin is a horse mill.HistoryA sugar plantation from the 18th to the 19th centuries, the farm eventually became land for grazing cattle.In 1733 one of the first significant slave rebellions in the New World took place on Saint John when African slaves took over the island for six months. During the slave revolt, the farm was the headquarters of the Amina warriors.Today the sugar mill ruins are located in a protected area in the Virgin Islands National Park. It is one of 17 properties in the park that were listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places by 1981. The property was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1978.ArchitectureCatherineberg Sugar Mill Ruins are an example of an 18th-century sugar and rum factory.
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  • As with many of the other recent reviews, I agree that these are the most intact ruins I saw on the island. They are right off Center Road down a very bumpy badly maintained road. The windmill structu...  more »
  • These ruins are some of the more intact ruins on the island. We have gone both da and night and found the night time visit to be very cool!  more »
  • These were our favorite ruins on the island! Easily accessible (right off of Centerline Road), no crowds, and you can explore inside the buildings! Being under the windmill felt like discovering a hid...  more »