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Visitors at the Magens Bay overlook

During the 1960s, when tourism was blossoming, vacation travelers captured lovely photographs and kodachrome slides of their holiday memories in the US Virgin Islands.

They found the beauty of the islands simply mesmerizing.

Enjoy this look at the island's past, seen through their eyes. 🏖

 

The US Virgin Islands

Annaberg Ruins, St. John, US Virgin Islands

St. John

St. John, the smallest of the three main islands, was an agricultural island very similar to St. Croix with the establishment of several sugar mills. After the end of slavery, profitable production declined.

For their independent existence, inhabitants made charcoal, raised livestock and produced a few vegetables and fruits.

Bay tree cultivation was prolific with the island producing the highest quality of Bay trees. The leaves were used for the making of Bay rum, a popular elixir for medicinal remedies.

Over three thousand acres encompassing La Mesure Bay, Francis Bay and Annaberg Estate were owned by the Creque family of St. Thomas from the 1920s to the 1950s.

The properties were eventually transferred to Lawrence Rockefeller and in 1956, became a part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Their pristine beauty and white sandy beaches are now permanently preserved for all to enjoy. 🏖

Marlene and Diane Mawson

Water Island

Water Island became a part of the US Virgin Islands when it was transferred to the US Government in 1996. It's approximately 500 acres and located within view of Charlotte Amalie close to Hassel Island.

During the mid-nineteenth century, the island was a great resource for the nearby inhabitants. Wood was gathered for burning coal and wild animals were hunted for food.  

The seas surrounding the island produced copious amounts of fish which made the island a favorite hunting ground. 

 

St. Thomas Jack Delano

St. Thomas

During the early twentieth century, St. Thomas was considered the Gibralter of the West Indies. The harbor was one of the busiest in the region with visiting steamers, naval cruisers and coaling ships.

Today, its appreciated for its scenic beauty encompassing beautiful beaches, excellent snorkeling, diving and world-class fishing.

Popular scenic spots include Bluebeard's Castle, reputed to have the best view, Blackbeard’s Castle, Magens BayFort Christian, and the St. Thomas Synagogue among many more.

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St. Croix

St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, is steeped in history.  The first inhabitants, the Carib Indians, called it Ay-ay.

Known for its agricultural resources, it was considered, the Garden Isle of the West Indies. Millions of tons of sugar have been processed and exported.

Two historic forts can be found on the island, Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted and Fort Frederik in Frederiksted, both built in the 1750s.

St. Croix has the most beautiful, historic plantation houses, ornately designed churches and sugar mill ruins.

Salt River Bay National Park is home to an ecological preserve which is where it is alleged that Columbus' expedition first made landfall.

 

St. Thomas, The Gibraltar of the West Indies

Bluebeard's Castle

Not far from the town of Charlotte Amalie... in what was once the Danish West Indies is an old tower commonly known as Bluebeard's Castle.

Legend has it that here a daring old buccaneer had his headquarters and played his romantic roles as "the hornets of the Spanish Main."

History disputes legend, for it says that it was really built by the Danish government as a measure of defense in 1689.

 

Bluebeard's Castle
Bluebeard's Castle
Main Street, St. Thomas
Main Street, St. Thomas
Waterfront, St. Thomas
Waterfront, St. Thomas

Magens Bay Overlook

A Gift from Arthur Fairchild to the People of the Virgin Islands ~ 1943

Wealthy financier, Arthur Fairchild bestowed on the people of the Virgin Islands a precious gift. 🎁 

It was Magens Bay on the north coast of St. Thomas, considered one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world.

Just breathtaking..............

St. Croix, The Garden of the West Indies

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St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
St. Croix
St. Croix
St. Croix
Scenic photos of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands ~ 1960
St. Croix
fishing in st. croix
St. Croix

St. John

At one point, St. John was the producer of the highest quality Bay leaves in the world! 🍃

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