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Hi, I'm Valerie!
I love researching the history of the Virgin Islands and sharing my discoveries.
I recently published a family memoir about St. John's history and I'm currently working on one about St. Thomas, called, Vintage St. Thomas due out in 2021.
I've put together over 300 blog posts about the Virgin Islands, including the British Virgin Islands too. I hope you enjoy them!

Here areย a few stories...

Brewers Bay Beach, St. Thomas

What’s Inside the Mystery Cave at John Brewers Bay ~ 1929

The First visit of the Danish Training ship, DANMARK to the US Virgin Islands ~ 1934 By Valerie Sims

9 Newspaper Men Are First to Tour the Danish Training Ship, DANMARK ~ 1934

The quest for buried treasure never dies!

The Quest for Buried Treasure Never Dies!

Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander of the North American Fleet passes St. Croix, Danish West Indies ~ 1917 By Valerie Sims

44 Ships Belonging to the North Atlantic Fleet Pass St. Croix ~ 1917

Celebrating Peruvian Independence in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies.

Peruvian Independence Celebrated ~ 1916

bargain store, 40 Kings Street-min

Running a Mom and Pop Shop in St. Croix ~ 1900

Dutch gallot

The Loss of the Dutch Galliot, DETROOP off Anegada ~ 1851

Catholic Church

High School Reunion Sparks Appreciaton for Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School

Rare, souvenir booklet found of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1897

Rare Souvenir Booklet Found! ~ 1897

The Welterweight Champion of the Virgin Islands, El Matahombre ~ 1932 By Valerie Sims

How a Welterweight Champion Won His Title ~ 1932

The Tramway in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Scenic Tramway Cablecars Were A Popular Attraction ~ 1963

Tortola sloop wrecked off St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1933 By Valerie Sims

Tortola Sloop Caught With Contraband! ~ 1933

Telegraph Office Postcard in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1909

Telegraph Office Postcard ~ 1909

Road Town, Tortola 1956

Rare, Historic Video of Tortola Found ~ 1971

First revival majorettes

First Carnival Majorette Group! ~ 1952

The Fate of the Mail Boat, TO WINDWARD from the US Virgin Islands ~ 1932 By Valerie Sims

How the Crew Survived its Sinking ~ 1932

How Memorial Day was celebrated in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

How Memorial Day was Honored in the Virgin Islands ~ 1935

Creque Marine railway, Virgin Islands National Park

Happy National Maritime Day

Fireburn in St. Croix, Danish West Indies

Fireburn Book by Apple Gidley

Moravian Memorial Church in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

13 Sunday School Scriptures to Know ~ 1914

Anders Valstrรธm and his photograph collection of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1911

Amazing Photograph Collection Up For Auction! ~ 1911

Touring the big ship Malakka in Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1914 By Valerie Sims

A Few Lucky Residents Tour a One of a Kind Wonder Before She Sunk ~ 1914

cakes, virgin islands cuisine,

A Taste of Virgin Islands Cuisine

Postcards from the Past ~ Danish West Indies

Collecting Postcards From The Past

Leo S. Carty paintings of the US Virgin Islands

Beautiful Prints of the US Virgin Islands by Leo S. Carty

The Nurses training school in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands during the 1930s. By Valerie Sims

How Early Medical Pioneers Made a Difference ~ 1932

Veteran postman Joseph Lorand accepts award in the Danish West Indies ~ 1911 By Valerie Sims

How St. Thomas Honored the Longest Serving Veteran Postman ~ 1903

Elsie Baker performs in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1932. By Valerie Sims

ELSIE BAKER Performs! ~ 1932

Pumping out BARGE 718 at the Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island ~ 1930 By Valerie Sims

Big Job Pumping Out The Barge ~ 1930

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Vintage St. Croix Photographs ~ 1963

graduation party

How Graduation Celebrations at Lindbergh Bay Became the Best Memories ~ 1953

St. Croix by Robert Amandus Johnson

Saint Croix 1770 – 1776 book by Robert Amandus Johnson

Schooner, Gitana visits the Virgin Islands

The Beautiful Boston-Built Schooner, GITANA anchors in the Harbor ~ 1899

on the dock Tortola, British Virgin Islands, August Monday

How Tortola Celebrated The August Monday Festival ~ 1929

Creque Marine Railway

See the Damage to the Creque Marine Railway After Hurricanes Irma and Maria

duke and duchess

Duke and Duchess of Kent Visit St. Thomas! ~ 1935

very old photographs of the Virgin Islands

Very Old Photographs of the Virgin Islands

grumman goose

All Passengers Survive After Seaplane Goes Down! ~ 1978

Hudson motor cars

Selling Hudson Cars and Coty Cosmetics ~ 1937

Former President, Theodore Roosevelt attends the Carnival Ball in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1916

Carnival Ball Held in Honor of Former President, Theodore Roosevelt ~ 1916

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Postcard

The Donkeys Bray, the Roosters Crow, But I Could Stay Forever ~ 1950s

Pot sellers of St. Croix, Danish West Indies ~1907

Pot Sellers of St. Croix ~ 1907

1922 Donkey, Welcome to ST. Thomas

Hope for Happier Days in St. Thomas ~ 1922

caneel

I’m Having a Lovely Time at Caneel Bay ~ 1985

Painting by Viggo Johansen

Could This Be Morningstar Beach in St. Thomas?

St. John July 4th parade in the US Virgin Islands

Celebrating July 4th St. John Style ~ 1979

Beretta

Taking the Last Danish Census ~ 1911

Leon A Mawson purchases the last commemorative stamp of the US Virgin Islands ~ 1937 By Valerie Sims

Purchasing the FIRST Commemorative Stamp ~ 1937

Apothecary hall in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Pretty Postcard of the Apothecary Hall on Main Street ~ 1930s

Baseball team of the Virgin Islands ~ 1954

Rare Collectible Found of the Olympic Baseball Team ~ 1954

Estate Concordia on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Rare Document Collection Up For Sale From Estate Concordia on St. Croix

Coaling ships in St. Thomas, Danish West Indes, US Virgin Islands, Dansk Vestindien

How Strength and Perseverance Gave Coal Carriers a Memorable Legacy

RMS Rhone of Salt Island, British Virgin Islands 1867

Remembering the RMS Rhone ~ 1867

The First performance of the Adams Juvenile Band, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1910 By Valerie Sims

The First Performance of the Adams Juvenile Band ~ 1910

Ship Beautiful, RMS AQUITANIA visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1938 By Valerie Sims

The Most Beautiful Ship in the World Visits St. Thomas ~ 1938

Jim Tillet

Take a Peek Into the Wonderful Workshop of Jim Tillet ~ 1961

Carrying Cane Workers between the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands

Carrying Cane Workers ~ 1917

Tree with Marines

Jewish Soldier Stationed in St. Thomas Writes Interesting Letter Home ~ 1942

nisky Sunday school

Over 230 Books Recommended by the Nisky Sunday School in St. Thomas ~ 1912

Hugo Larsen's Nanny with Baby painting in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1905 By Dante Beretta

How a Family Historian Discovered Where Hugo Larsen Painted One of His Masterpieces ~ 1905

Leah Sasso weds St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, 1955

The Island Wedding of the Century, Miss Leah Sasso and Mr. William Stevens Tie the Knot ~ 1955

Ira Smith Painting of Main Street, US Virgin Islands

Why Are The Paintings By Ira Harrington Smith So Popular?

The Solar Eclipse in the Danish West Indies ~ 1897

Local Star Gazers Turned out to See a Solar Eclipse ~ 1897

Three King's Day in 1910 Danish West Indies

Celebrating Three King’s Day ~ 1910

Tortola post office, British Virgin Islands

The Road Town Post Office, One of Five in the British Virgin Islands ~ 1906

The Burning of the Telegraph Office in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1909 By Valerie Sims

Fire Destroys the St. Thomas Telegraph Office ~ 1909

Dr. Dante Beretta of the US Virgin Islands

A Beretta Family Presentation Given at the Caribbean Genealogy Library

fechtenburg for best wines and whiskies, st thomas, danish West Indies

J.H. Fechtenburg Offers the Best Prices on Wines, Whiskies and Liqueurs ~ 1912

View over Roadtown, Tortola, Britih Virgin Islands

The Last Will of James Thornton of Tortola Found ~ 1807

The Virgin Islands Postcard

This is the Life in the Virgin Islands ~ 1973

Rifle club in Virgin Islands

The Formation of the St. Thomas Rifle Club ~ 1935

Running a Rockin' Rock Bar on Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

Running a Rockin’ Rock Bar on Norman Island ~ 1990s

Come Back to The Virgin Islands

Come Back To The Virgin Isles ~ 1957

V is for Virgin Islands, book by Lavelle L. Peters

V is for Virgin Islands, A New Children’s Book by Lavelle L. Peters

1965 Waterfront shopping, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands postcard

Waterfront Shopping, a Novel Experience for Visitors ~ 1965

Tortola, 1908, Planting cotton,

Free Cotton Seeds To Planters in Tortola ~ 1908

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit Tortola, British Virgin Islands ~ 1977

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Enjoy their Visit to the British Virgin Islands ~ 1977

Honoring Alexander Hamilton's Birthday in the US Virgin Islands

Honoring Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday

women kb.dk, Our New Virgin Islands

What Uncle Sam’s New Virgin Islands Are Like ~ 1917

Caribbean Belle in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Flamboyants and Buttercups and a Lovely Caribbean Belle ~ 1960s

Beautiful painting by Russ Elliott of St. Thomas.

Beautiful Painting of St. Thomas Harbor for Sale ~ 1986

Charles Hawes painting of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Charles Hawes Paints Some of the Prettiest Paintings of St. Croix!

View of St. Thomas from Havensight, Danish West Indies ~ 1809

Rare View of St. Thomas From Havensight ~ 1809

st thomas in color three hills

St. Thomas, One of the Most Beautiful Spots in the World ~ 1905

Marlene and Diane walker

What College Friends Believed About the US Virgin Islands ~ 1950s

St. Croix Hook bracelets, US Virgin Islands, Jewelry

Do You Know the Story Behind these St. Croix-Designed Hook Bracelets?

German cruiser, KARLSRUHE visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1932 By Valerie Sims

Thrilling Experience Touring A German Cruiser ~ 1932

Lunch at Bluebeard's Castle, US Virgin Islands

Lunch on the Hotel Terrace ~ 1957

Virgin Islands Calypso music from the Virgin Islands

Listen To a Little Calypso Music From the Virgin Islands ~ 1957

Charles Lindburgh's plane and flower girl, Margie Creque in St. Thomas ,US Virgin Islands by Valerie Sims

Could This Be Charles Lindbergh’s Flower Girl? ~ 1928

Cricket team played in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1953

Rare St. Thomas Cricket Team Photograph Available ~ 1953

Limbo Dancing, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The Limbo Dance, Too Hot to Handle ~ 1962

Reef Bay House, St. john, US Virgin Isands, DAnsk Vestindien, Danish West indies

The History of the Reef Bay Estate House in St. John by Charles E. Hatch, Jr. ~ 1969

Rare Bat Fish found in US Virgin Islands

Rare BAT FISH Captured off Hassel Island! ~ 1939

the Anegada sloop, Fiddler lost at sea in the British Virgin Islands

The Loss of the Anegada Sloop, FIDDLER ~ 1906

Race Relations by Dr. Krigger

Race Relations in the US Virgin Islands book by Dr. Marilyn Krigger ~ 2017

St Thomas Danish wesdt indies, us virgin islands

How St. Thomas Became Known as a City of Music and Laughter ~ 1892

Celebrating Constitution Day in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1937 By Valerie Sims

CONSTITUTION DAY Celebrated! ~ 1937

Flip Pal Scanner

One of my Favorite Christmas Presents

jackson

Who Was David Hamilton Jackson?

kenneth potter 1956 tortola

Photographs of the British Virgin Islands ~ 1956

Peter Island, British Virgin Islands postcard

Gentle Breezes and Great Food Make Peter Island a Special Place

fort Christian

How Fort Christian Became a National Registered Landmark ~ 1977

Caneel Bay Dock, St. John, US Virgin Islands

M/V Kungsholm, The First Ocean Liner to Visit St. John ~ 1958

Fort Christian ceramic vase, US Virgin Islands

Fort Christian Ceramic Vase up for Sale

charles lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh, The Flier with the Eagle Eye ~ 1928

St. Thomas harbor, Danish West Indies

Visitor Says Danish Islands Not Worth Millions Paid ~ 1920s

Raising the MAMIE COYLE at the Creque Marine Railway ~ 1929 By Valerie Sims

Repairing the MAMIE COYLE ~ 1929

Scenic view of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1936

Panoramic View of St. Thomas ~ 1936

Main Street, St. Thomas

Ever Wonder What St. Thomas Was Like One Hundred Years Ago? Take This Tour…

Tortola Sloop in the Virgin Islands

5 Distinctive Features of a Tortola Sloop ~ 1957

Creque's Chevrolet, Creque's Alley, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Creque’s Alley and the Famous Folk Band, The Mamas and the Papas

Parade Magazine of the Virgin Islands ~ 1957

Finding a Caribbean Holiday Magazine ~ 1951

Dancing with the Danmark cadets in the US Virgin islands.

Dancing with the Danmark Cadets ~ 1951

First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt visits the US Virgin Islands in 1934 by Valerie Sims

First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt Visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1934

The Romantic history of St Croix, US Virgin Islands book

A Romantic History of St. Croix Book by Florence Lewisoln

St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, Victoria Louise, ocean liner, By Valerie Sims, 1912, Tourists visit St. Thomas, historic photograph of Victoria Louise, Charlotte Amalie

The 3 Most Captivating Qualities About St. Thomas ~ 1912

Normandie Bar

A Family Favorite: Frenchtown’s Normandie Bar ~ 1940s

Haitian Creole language

Rare Haitian Creole Booklet Discovered ~ 1921

The schooner, Fancy Me, from Tortola 1926

The Sinking of the Schooner, FANCY ME ~ 1926

First Lady, Eleonor Roosevelt visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1934 By Valerie Sims

A Special Gift for the First Lady, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt ~ 1934

Henri Konow

How the VALKYRIEN’S Band Honored Their Commander ~ 1916

W. Harold Hancock paints the Virgin Islands

Do You Know the Location of this Colorful Painting?

Strange fish caught off St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1857

Strange Fish Caught Off St. Thomas ~ 1857

On Aug 6, 1977, a new world record Blue Marlin was caught off St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. By Valerie Sims

How A World Record Blue Marlin Was Caught ~ 1977

Estate Caroline of St. John, Danish West Indies

A Historical Account of the Slave Insurrection on St. John ~ 1733

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Postcards of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School ~ 1924

inauguration of paul m pearson

First Civilian Governor of the Virgin Islands Inaugurated ~ 1931

Photographer captured early image of Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island.

Early Image of the Creque Marine Railway ~ 1912

CArnival time in the Virgin islands

Carnival Time in the Virgin islands ~ 1958

Tropicana Perfume Shop in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1960s

The Camille Pissarro Building in St. Thomas

Celebrating Harvest Festival in Tortola, British Virgin Islands at St. George's Church in 1912. By Valerie Sims

How Harvest Festival was Celebrated in Tortola ~ 1912

st Thomas, Enid M. Baa

5 Postcards Offer Interesting Virgin Islands’ History Lessons by Enid M. Baa ~ 1934

Pretty Painting of Danish West Indies

Pretty Painting up for Auction of the West Indies

The Loss of the Proteus ~ 1941

The Loss of a Loved One Aboard the SS Proteus ~ 1941

Robert Franklin Gates, Market Square, US Virgin Isands

Beautiful Market Square Painting by Robert F. Gates ~ 1936

The schooner, ZUHRAH at the Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island ~ 1920 By Valerie Sims

Finding a Few Photographs and Invoices Keeps One Schooner’s History Alive ~ 1920

Coconut Palm Tree Painting in the Virgin Islands

A Colorful Coconut Palm Tree Painting For Sale

yacht Sora

The Little Sloop, SORA Sails to the US Virgin Islands ~ 1942

St. John July 4th Parade, US Virgin Islands in 2019

Pictures from the St. John July 4th Parade ~ 2019

1956, Redbook Magazine about the romantic Virgin Islands

The Romantic Virgin Islands ~ 1956

Death of German marine

A Military Funeral for a German Marine ~ 1914

Loss of sloop Perseverance off St. john, mr. Green

The Loss of the Virgin Gorda Sloop, PERSEVERANCE ~ 1912

St. John School Children in US Virgin Islands

Rare Photograph Found of St. John School Children ~ 1930s

President Franklin D. Roosevelt vists St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1934 By Valerie Sims

Thousands Greeted President Franklin D. Roosevelt On His Virgin Islands Visit ~ 1934

Camille Pissarro Painting from the Danish West Indies

Newly Discovered Camille Pissarro Painting Up For Auction!

conch shell

Rare Conch Pearls Found! ~ 1906

President Herbert Clark Hoover visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1931

Remarks President Herbert Hoover Made About His Visit ~ 1931

Surveying the damage to the schooner, METEOR at the Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1920 By Valerie Sims

How Pencil-Written Notes and Photographs Preserved Schooner’s History ~ 1920

Sailing around the world! Captain Harry Pidgeon of the ISLANDER visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1937 By Valerie Sims

How One Brave Captain Touched the Hearts of Many As He Sailed Around the World ~ 1937

denis bay

75 Acres of Denis Bay Estate on St. John For Sale ~ 1920s

Cecile Ryden johnson paints the US Virgin Islands.

Have You Seen These Pretty Paintings?

El caribe, ship

Repairing the EL CARIBE by Hand ~ 1937

St. Thomas, Gem of the Caribbean Poem

St. Thomas, the Gem of the Caribbean, a Poem ~ 1924

Movie Day on Main Street, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1963

Movie Day on Main Street ~ 1963

Theodore Roosevelt wearing a Panama hat ~ 1906

How Panama Hats Became So Popular ~ 1913

laborers workers kb.dk 1896

5 Working Conditions for Agricultural Laborers from the British West Indies in St. Croix ~ 1864

1906, aug 12, St. John picnic

How Whit Monday was Celebrated in St. John ~ 1906

Alton A Adams of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, One of the Greatest Living Composers by Alton A. Adams ~ 1910

st johns bay rum in the Virgin Islandss

11 Different Uses for St. Johns Bay Rum ~ 1917

Early Telephone subscribers in Danish West Indies, US Virgin Islands

The Earliest Known Telephone Subscribers in St. Thomas ~ 1909

Sprauve Library, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Historic Home Houses Public Library ~ 1790

Midwives in St. Croix, Danish West Indies

16 Rules and Instructions for Midwives in St. Croix ~ 1884

Anansi and Company by Bish Denham, Virgin Islands

Anansi and Company Book by Bish Denham

Early St. Thomas Panoramas of the Danish West Indies ~ 1850s

Early St. Thomas Panoramas ~ 1850s

Caneel Bay postcard, St. John, US Virgin Islands 1958

The Lure of Caneel Bay Makes One Visitor Want To Stay ~ 1958

The FLIGHT brings party-goers to Tortola for the August Festival in the 1940s.

The Yacht, FLIGHT Takes Party-Goers to Tortola ~ 1946

Annaberg Ruins, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Take a Video Tour of ANNABERG RUINS

St. John, US Virgin Islands

Things are Just as I Hoped for on St. John! ~ 1985

The Thrills and Dangers of Animal-Driven Carts in the Danish West Indies ~ 1906

The Thrills and Dangers of Animal-Driven Carts ~ 1906

Virgin Isle Hotel, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The New Virgin Isle Hotel ~ 1950

donkeys in st John

Beautiful Sketches Found by Artist, Margaret Casey Gates ~ 1936

Pretty watercolor painting of the Grand Hotel in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands by M NIeld

Pretty Watercolor Rendering of the Grand Hotel ~ 1963

The inter-island sloop, EAGLE at the Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island ~ 1920s. By Valerie Sims

Rare Photograph of the EAGLE at the Railway ~ 1920s

The formation of the prevention of cruelty to animals in st thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1914 By Valerie Sims

How the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Was Formed ~ 1914

Trumpetbush Flowers

Can You Name the National Flower of the US Virgin Islands?

all saints episcopal church, st thomas, US Virgin Islands by hans bulow

How All Saints Church Celebrated the Crucifiction on Good Friday ~ 1904

Government House ~ St. Croix

St. Croix Government House Declared a National Historic Site ~ 1932

Through the Sands of Time by Judah M. Cohen

Through The Sands of Time Book by Judah M. Cohen

Frenchtown, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

How the People of Frenchtown Honor their Heritage

Pan American Goodwill Flyers visit St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

A Visit from the Pan American Goodwill Flyers ~ 1934

mail boat, virginia

The Mail Schooner, VIRGINIA Visits ~ 1921

Deadman's Chest in British Virgin Islands

Deadman’s Chest is a Real Location in the British Virgins ~ 1923

American Red Cross Society in the US Virgin Islands

American Red Cross Volunteers Dedicate 100 Years of Service in the US Virgin Islands

Preachers

22 Wesleyan Methodist Preachers in the British Virgin Islands Named ~ 1911

Treasure Hunting with Tony Creque on Norman Island, British Virgin Islands by Valerie Sims

Fun-Times Treasure Hunting with Tony Creque ~ 1986

David Hamilton Jackson Day in the US Virgin Islands

Happy David Hamilton Jackson Day!

Apollo Theatre, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, US Virgin Islands

A Lecture by Adolph Sixto at the Apollo Theatre, After the War, What? ~ 1915

Frenchtown, US Virgin Islands, Dansk Vestindien, Danish West indies

Fun Memories of Frenchtown by Larry Gumbs

Glimpse the last known photograph of the ill-fated GAVIOTA at the Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island ~ 1921 By Valerie Sims

Here’s a Glimpse of an Ill-Fated Schooner Before She Sunk ~ 1921

Tortola Manatee caught in Fishing Net, British Virgin Islands ~ 1899

Evidence Found! Proof of Manatees Existing in Tortola ~ 1899

How Greek Mythology influenced our ancestor's passions ~ 1918

How Greek Mythology Influenced Our Ancestor’s Passions ~ 1918

Postcards in the British Virgin Islands ~ 1902

Past Postcards from the British Virgin Islands ~ 1902

paraquita bay, Tortola BVI

133 Acres of Paraquita Bay Estate for Sale ~ 1914

Creque's Alley, St. Thomas, USVI

A Haunting Experience Above Creque’s Alley #3 in St. Thomas

Emancipation in the Danish West Indies

My Emancipated Ancestors by Dr. Dante Beretta

The Onion INdustry in the British Virgin Islands

How Onions Were Cultivated in Tortola ~ 1915

Baerentzen St. Thomas harbor 1856

Very Fair and Full of Promise is the Island of St. Thomas ~ 1868

US Coast Guard Marion

Honoring the Men of the MARION ~ 1930s

Sisters of Charity honor anniversary of Redemptorist fathers in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1958 By Valerie Sims

How the Catholic Community Celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Order of the Redemptorists’ Fathers ~ 1858-1958

The airship, USS Los Angeles visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1925 By Valerie SIms

The Arrival of an Airship! ~ 1925

Pulitzer prize winner, Edna St Vincent Millay visits St Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1935 By Valerie Sims

Listening to a Pulitzer Prize Winner, Edna St. Vincent Millay ~ 1935

Armistice Day, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 1918

How the Virgin Islands Celebrated Armistice Day ~ 1918

The Virgin Islands in 1903 ยฉ The Royal Danish Library

Mosquito Island and Others for Sale in the British Virgin Islands ~ 1903

Dedicating the New Catholic Church in Cruz Bay ~ 1963

school teacher

13 Regulations for the Teachers of the Public Schools in St. Croix ~ 1900s

Pretty Dock Scene Print

A Pretty Dock Scene Print for Sale of the Virgin Islands

Auctioning the EDGEWOOD in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1920 By Valerie Sims

See the Four-Masted Schooner Before She was Destroyed by Fire ~ 1920

Our New Virgin Islands

Africa Arise, An Inspirational Poem by Charles A. Emanuel ~ 1912

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda, A Beautiful Place with Wonderful Accommodations ~ 1958

Catch and keep plant in virgin islands

Thorny Catch-and-Keep: The Country Policeman of our Islands’ Past by Dr. Dante Beretta

The Loss of the British sloop, SYRIA off St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1912 By Valerie Sims

Sad Sea Catastrophe: The Loss of the British Sloop, SYRIA ~ 1912

Golfing in the US Virgin Islands

Golfing the Year Round in the Virgin Islands ~ 1951

Battle of West Kay, Captain Carl V. Jessen

Two Treasured Paintings Document a Memorable Moment in Virgin Islands History ~ 1801

View above St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Old Photographs and Music Bring Virgin Islands History to Life

Danish Crew of the Valkyrien in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies

Honoring Hurricane Heroes Past and Present

St Thomas, US Virgin Islands postcard

Beautiful Weather Makes One Visitor Want to Stay ~ 1968

1912 Carnival in St. Thomas, DAnish West Indies

A Rare Photograph of the First Carnival Festival in the Danish West Indies ~ 1912

The Car Accident in the Virgin Islands

The Car Accident ~ 1931

Former President Theodore Roosevelt visits St. Thomas and St. Croix in the Danish West Indies ~ 1916 By Valerie Sims

The Landing of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in St. Croix ~ 1916

Caneel Bay Dock, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Cruz Bay, From Conquest to Exploitation, A Forgotten History by David W. Knight Sr.

Honoring All Soul's Day in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1930s By Valerie Sims

How ALL SOUL’S DAY Was Honored ~ 1930s

Vintage Photograph Album of the Danish West Indies

190 Vintage Photographs of the Danish West Indies Up for Auction!

P.H. Thurland, jeweler

Peter H. Thurland, A Jeweler of Distinction Passes Away ~ 1913

A Mystery Woman from US Virgin Islands by Winold Reiss

Who is this Mystery Woman?

First Virgin Islands Library

The First Public Library Opens ~ 1920

Celebrating July 4th in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in the 1930s

Celebrating July 4th ~ 1930s

Movie Star, Dana Andrews visits St Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1951 By Valerie Sims

A Moment with a Movie Star: DANA ANDREWS ~ 1951

Danish West Indies lithograph for sale

Danish West Indies Satirical Lithograph for Sale ~ 1901

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

Clara Livingston

How One Woman Opened the Doorway for Commercial Flights to the US Virgin Islands ~ 1930s

Snipe boat racing in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The Popularity of Snipe Boat Racing ~ 1936

Transfer Day by Sophie Schiller-3

Transfer Day, An Engaging Historical Thriller by Sophie Schiller

The Loss of the British sloop, KITE from Tortola, British Virgin Islands ~ 1901 By Valerie Sims

The Disappearance of the Fishing Sloop, KITE ~ 1901

Beautiful Painting by Riis Carstensen of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies

Saint Thomas, A Poem by Edwin W. Pope ~ 1920s

The Dutch Schooner, Venture is lifted at the Creque Marine Railway, Hassel Island ~ 1912 By Valerie Sims

This Schooner’s Photograph Became a Popular Postcard ~ 1912

Visiting a German School Ship in the US Virgin Islands!

Visiting a German School Ship! ~ 1938

Beautiful paining of Charlotte Amalie by Caroc up for sale.

Rare Painting of Charlotte Amalie Harbor Up for Sale ~ 1927

Mary Celeste

The Mystery of the Missing Crew in Anegada ~ 1921

Trepuk, Danish West Indies, History, Henry O Creque, St. Thomas, 1902

How a Heartfelt Letter Written 100 Years Ago Still Has Meaning ~ 1902

St. John July 4th parade in the US Virgin Islands

St. John and Virgin Islands History Book by Gideon West

come back sloop

Lost at Sea! A Jost Van Dyke Sloop Vanishes Without a Trace ~ 1916

Irma II of the Virgin Islands

Find Your Family on this 1918 Passenger List!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Minnesota Historical Society

Virgin Islanders Mourn Loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ~ 1968

The St. John-Pelican Cay boat races in the US Virgin Islands in 1937 By Valerie Sims

Watching the St. John-Pelican Cay Sloop Race ~ 1937

Lawaetz family of st croix

The Loss of Little Asta Lawaetz ~ 1915

Jens Holm coastal scene of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies

Colorful Coastal Scene of St. Thomas on Auction ~ 1824

Thanks to Gov. Paul M. Pearson for getting thirty pianos for the people of the US Virgin Islands ~ 1934 By Valerie Sims

Local Artists Thrilled as 30 Pianos Arrive on the SS DOMINICA ~ 1934

Rare Swallow Stick found at Magens Bay in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1917 By Valerie Sims

Rare Swallow Stick Found at Magens Bay! ~ 1917

Miss Louise Stallings performs in the US Virgin Islands in 1932.

Louise Stallings Performs For Those Less Fortunate ~ 1932

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

The Marriage of Opposites Book by Alice Hoffman

edward compton, actor

A Famous English Actor Causes Quite a Stir ~ 1903

Billy Bones Beach Bar & Grill, Norman Islands, British Virgin Islands menu

Rare Billy Bones Beach Bar Menu Up For Sale!

Scenic St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1930s

10 Scenic Views of St. Thomas ~ 1930s

Carnival Time in the Virgin Islands

Celebrating Carnival Time in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1978

The Cruise of the Diablesse in the Danish West Indies ~ 1914

The Yacht, Diablesse Visits St. Thomas ~ 1914

Choosing a new name for the Danish West Indies, the American Virgin Islands ~ 1917 By Valerie Sims

How a New Name for the Danish West Indies was Chosen ~ 1917๏ปฟ

Danish cemetery in St. Thomas, Us Virgin islands

Where Denmark’s Son’s are Sleeping, A Peom by C.M. Conrad ~ 1922

Wreck of the HMS Rhone, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

New Book Launched, Twice She Struck, The Story of RMS RHONE

Jumping Jumbie Bed in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The JUMPING Jumbie Bed ~ 1934

Seascape painting by Eljay Torgar of the Virgin Islands

Pretty Seascape Beach Painting by Eljay Torgar Available

Fishing Boat off St. John, Danish West Indies, Dansk Vestindien, US Virgin Islands

Close Call for 2 St. John Fishermen When Their Boat Capsized ~ 1908

st thomas in color three hills

Now, A Poem by Antonio Jarvis ~ 1920s

Hurricane damage Derrick barge K-15 hauled at the Creque Marine Railway, Hassel Island, US Virgin Islands ~ 1933 By Valerie Sims

How Derrick Barges Help the Maritime Industry ~ 1933

Hurricane of 1867, British Virgin Islands history, Danish West Indies history, By Valerie Sims

ON THIS DAY, The Devastating Hurricane of 1867 hit the British Virgin Islands and Danish West Indies

St. Thomas Lager Beer, The Most Suitable Beer for the Tropical Climate ~ 1910

St. Thomas Lager Beer, The Most Suitable Beer for the Tropical Climate ~ 1910

sunset in virgin islands, 1945

The Virgin Islands are Really Dead! ~ 1945

Earliest Story Found by J. Antonio Jarvis, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1917

Discovering One of the Earliest Stories by J. Antonio Jarvis

Ludvig A. Thraen store, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies now the US Virgin Islands

Who Owned This Popular Corner Store in St. Thomas?

Dedicating the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1945 By Valerie Sims

Dedicating the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Park ~ 1945

school kids on step

The St. Thomas Census ~ 1901

Royal Three Quarters of Charlotte Amalie by Edith deJongh Woods

The Royal Three Quarters of The Town of Charlotte Amalie

What Drink does and its side effects in the Danish West indies

What Drinking Does, Its Effects Upon Society, Business, Politics, and Religion ~ 1916

Vintage View of Main Street, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1922

Vintage View of Main Street ~ 1922

Christopher Columbus visits St. Croix, US Virgin Islands ~ 1493

Christopher Columbus Visits the Virgin Islands ~ 1493

Cane Bay Plantation, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Cane Bay Plantation, A lovely Spot ~ 1969

Cinnamon Bay by Fritz Melbye painting

Cultural Adaptation & Resistance on St. John Book by Karen Fog Olwig

Servicing the USS Ranger at the Creque Marine Railway ~ 1925 By Valerie Sims

Servicing the USS RANGER at the Railway ~ 1925

Happy Thanksgiving Day from the US Virgin Islands.

Happy Thanksgiving from the US Virgin Islands!

Touring the Old Sugar Works Museum, Tortola, British Virgin Islands ~ 1780

Join Me on This Tour of the Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum ~ 1780

Coaling ladies at work on Hassel Island, Danish West Indies ~ 1907

How the Coaling Women Persevered ~ 1907

Sun, Sand, Murder in Anegada, British Virgin Islands

Sun, Sand and Murder Mystery Book by John Keyse-Walker

Grundlov Celebration

GRUNDLOV Constitution Celebrated! ~ 1914

Lady Ashley visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1935 By Valerie Sims

Douglas Fairbanks Sr and Lady Ashley Attract the Crowds! ~ 1935

The Loss of the Spider ~ 1916 By Valerie Sims

The Disappearance of the Sloop, SPIDER ~ 1916

St. Croix Masqueraders Painting by Walt Dehner

Who is the True Artist Behind this St. Croix Carnival Painting?

Valkyrien's Band in Frederiksted, St. Croix, Danish West Indies

Valkyrien’s Band Marches Through Frederiksted ~ 1916

pride of tortola

The Fate of the “Pride of Tortola” ~ 1966

Ten Beautiful Spots a Visitor Found Fascinating in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1957

Ten Beautiful Spots a Visitor Found Fascinating ~ 1957

Celebrated Fragrance makes Simmonds & Co a success in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1850s

How a Celebrated Fragrance Lasted the Test of Time ~ 1860s

Carl Ludwig Bille

Amazing Harbor Painting of St. Thomas by Carl Ludwig Bille Up For Auction ~ 1868

Larry Gluck painting of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Beautiful Island Paintings by Larry Gluck ~ 1960s

Alton A. Adams

Classic Book by Alton A. Adams Still A Great Resource!

Unknown painting in Virgin Islands

Do You Recognize This Pretty Lady From St. Croix? ~ 1939

Piano baby

How a Small, Ceramic Ornament Brought Back Memories of Childhood ~ 1930s

st thomas new cc cricket samlinger

The New St. Thomas Cricket Team Wins the Match! ~ 1895

Honoring Transfer Day in the Danish West Indies, later the US Virgin Islands ~ 1917 By Valerie Sims

Honoring the Anniversary of TRANSFER DAY ~ 1917

Henry Creque Ten pounds

The Ten Pound Baby!

Ann True Story by Flordelisa Mota

Ann True Story Book by Flordelisa Mota

David Hamilton Jackson

10 Books David Hamilton Jackson Recommended You Read ~ 1916

happy girls in the US Virgin Islands, Danish West Indies, Dansk Vestindien

Pass It On, An Inspirational Poem ~ 1913

Tortola Wharf, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The Importance of Tortola Wharf ~ 1948

Sailing canoe, YAKABOO with Captain Frederik Fenger at the helm, visits the British Virgin Islands in 1911. By Valerie Sims.

Follow Along as the YAKABOO Island Hops Through the British Virgins ~ 1911

Honoring Police Week in the US Virgin Islands

Police Week Honored in the Virgin Islands

Crown House in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

How Crown House Survived the Hurricane of 1916

Indian elephant visits St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, now US Virgin islands

See the Greatest Show on Earth! ~ 1835

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visits the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A Visit by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ~ 1976

Runaway Virgins New Book by Enrique Corneiro, US Virgin Islands, Danish West Indies

New Book! ~ Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro

Finding a message in a bottle in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands by Valerie Sims

Message in a Bottle Found on Virgin Gorda Beach! ~ 1833

Government HOuse, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, US Virgin Islands, Dansk Vestindien

10 Antique Views of the Virgin Islands Available for Sale

Leon A. Mawson

Leon A. Mawson Remembers Civil Rights Leader, Rothschild Francis ~ 1930s

Remembering Doris Jadan of St. John, US Virgin Islands

Remembering A Special Neighbor, Doris Jadan

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

The Colors Are Unbelievable and the People So Friendly ~ 1950

The Lime tree industry in Tortola, British Virgin Islands-2

Fresh Yellow Limes Available in Tortola ~ 1908

Francis Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

My Mother’s Memories of Mary’s Point ~ 1940s

Slave Revolt in St. John, Danish West Indies

How One Family Shared the Sad Story of the 1733 Slave Revolt

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands postcard

Rum Swizzles, Island Tours and Shopping Top One Visitors List ~ 1967

Unusual padlock up for auction from the US Virgin Islands ~ 1930

Unusual Padlock Up For Auction! ~ 1930

The Carnival King and Queen of the US Virgin Islands ~ 1957

Meet the New Carnival King and Queen ~ 1957

SS Prasident transports BVI workers from the Dominican Republic to the Danish West Indies ~ 1912 By Valerie Sims

Sugarcane Laborers Return Home on a German Cargo Ship ~ 1912

Edward Fraas auction, brunn Rasmussen online 1911-1912 de beltjean road

St. Thomas Temperance Society Extolls the Virtues of Abstaining from Alcohol ~ 1911

Main Street, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1940

A Leisurely Look at Main Street ~ 1940

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 1964

Visiting the Virgin Islands ~ 1964

Hurricane of 1916 in St. Croix, Danish West Indies

A Hurricane Prayer for the Protection of the Virgin Islands

The Inauguration of the FIRST civilian Governor, Paul M. Pearson in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1931 By Valerie Sims

The Inauguration of the FIRST Civilian Governor ~ 1931

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