One of my most coveted locations to shoot on St John is at Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins it’s located on the Eastern end of the island. It can take a solid 30 minutes of winding up and down steep hills on the North Shore road to get to this special place, but I believe that it is totally worth it! Ever since this early morning sunrise engagement session at Annaberg and Trunk Bay it’s safe to say this is my new favorite place for a sunrise session on St John. Of course later afternoon into the sunset is just as phenomenal, those rich burnt orange bricks and distinct stone work that remains of this 150 year old structure is stunning against the rolling hills, and open view of Leinester Bay.
The history of St John the Virgin Islands and most of the Caribbean is stained with stories of thieving pirates, European conquest, sugar plantations and slave trade.
My favorite story is the St John slave revolt of 1733.
It seems obvious to me that if you enslave nobles, wealthy merchants or other powerful members of any human society, naturally they will escape and revolt if forced into intolerable living conditions. According to a report by a French planter, Pierre Pannet, the rebel leaders; Akwamu chief, King June, King Bolombo, Prince Aquashie, and Breffu met regularly at night to develop the plan. Wikipedia will tell you more.
National Park interpreters and volunteers give demonstrations and discussions on the local culture of the time including baking, basket weaving, folk life and agricultural techniques. For more information, contact the VI National Park online at www.nps.gov/visit or call (340) 776-8811.
Savanah Loftus is a lifestyle wedding, engagement, and family photographer based on St John, US Virgin Islands. For more information about her sessions give her a call 310-954-7223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org