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Location DB > Virgin Island > St. John > No city > Danish Sugar Mill Ruins and Estates
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Danish Sugar Mill Ruins and Estates
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created by Jerkabobber on 4/11/2010 6:00 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 7/20/2010 10:46 PM
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Type: Building
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No city, St. John
Virgin Island
Owner: Virgin Islands National Park
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    If your a history buff, the old architecture here is interesting. There are occasional huge copper kettles to be found which were used for boiling the molasses. Even rarer are the late 1800's machinery parts.
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    In a nutshell, Denmark owned the island of St. John in the 17th century, they deforested most of the island to plant slave-run sugar cane plantations for the rum trade. On these plantations were mills ans estate houses, some had a windmill, some had horse drawn grinders and boiling rooms to boil down the sugar cane to molasses. A lot these structures still stand today and are spread out all over the island. Long since decayed and in the elements, most of them are under US National Park jurisdiction and protection being inside the borders of the Virgin islands National Park (which encompasses about 2/3rds of the island) Some of these ruins are tourist traps, some you have to hike a long time to get to, some are completely overgrown and out of site and or on private land. There are even some estate houses where there is nothing left but a foundation of stonework. Most of the building materials used to make these structures was local coral, and bricks brought in by ships from Denmark and England, used as ballast. Even broken bricks were used, nothing went to waste. From what I gather, the Danes plastered or stuccoed over the coral and brick, back in the day.
    With the help of the Virgin Islands National Park, re-mortor/brick work have been done to key spots in some of these ruins to keep the overall look and integrity in place, but otherwise left to the elements. Occasional volunteer work is done to keep nature at bay from completely over running some of the ruins.

    Slavery was abolished in the Danish West Indies in 1848, which basically killed the Sugar Plantation economy on the island and started to abandon the Mills. In one of these mills, a plantation owner even bought a steam engine from Ireland to supplement the lack of slave labor after slave abolition.
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    Danish Sugar Mill Ruins and locations
    Sun, Apr 11th, 2010
    posted by Jerkabobber
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 7/20/2010 10:47 PM.

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  • on Jul 20 10 at 22:47, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 20 10 at 22:46, Emperor Wang changed the following: Street Address, Province / State (please use full name)
  • on Jul 20 10 at 22:45, Emperor Wang updated the main picture
  • on Jul 15 10 at 9:11, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Apr 14 10 at 0:27, Steed conditionally validated this location
  • on Apr 11 10 at 19:08, Jerkabobber made this location available
  • on Apr 11 10 at 19:08, Jerkabobber changed the following: Street Address, City, Province / State (please use full name), Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
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