Virgin Islands Stories

A Collection of Blog Posts about the Islands' History

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

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

Congratulations to Lavelle, a beautiful Virgin Islander who has just published her first book! I heard her interview with Petter Ottley today and was so moved by her story, I wanted to share it with you. She’s a young mom with two children living in Georgia. She was inspired to write a children’s book for […]

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Dr. Dante Beretta of the US Virgin Islands

A Beretta Family Presentation Given at the Caribbean Genealogy Library

A Presentation by Dr. Dante Beretta Dr. Beretta and I share a passion for family history! He has written several articles about his research in the Virgin Islands and throughout the Caribbean regarding his Beretta and Dinzey families and have shared them here on the blog. In this video, he gathered all of his material […]

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

The Virgin Islands in 1903 © The Royal Danish Library Mosquito Island for Sale You can learn so much about the history of the islands through the old newspapers.  Here’s an advertisement for Mosquito Island and Spring Bay Estate and others with the size of the livestock herds as well as the small cultivations they […]

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10 Antique Views of the Virgin Islands Available for Sale

Antique Views of the Virgin Islands For those who love collecting Virgin Islands memorabilia, there’s a rare album created by F.M. Corneiro available on eBay today. Inside, are ten views of St. Thomas including, Fort Christian, Government house and many of the local churches. This is a one-of-a-kind collection. Have a look at previous treasures […]

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cakes, virgin islands cuisine,

A Taste of Virgin Islands Cuisine

Virgin Islands cuisine, cakes, tarts and sweet desserts, Photo by © Ronald R. Walker Love the cuisine in the Virgin Islands? Here are the top-ranked food recipes curated from youtube of some of the popular dishes found throughout the US and the British Virgin Islands. Happy cooking and Bon appetite! Virgin Islands Pates Potato Stuffing Funji Fish […]

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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

Fishermen’s Boat Capsizes Two local fishermen swam for their lives using nothing but the buoys from their fishpots to stay afloat. It happened over a hundred years ago on a blustery, Saturday morning in September, in the midst of hurricane season. Between 9 and 10 am, Thomas Rymer, and his friend, Alexander Benjamin were out […]

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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

The History of the Reef Bay Estate House So much of St. John’s history has been lost over time. The Virgin Islands National Park in conjunction with the Office of History and Historic Architecture prepared a study on the Par Force Estate and the Reef Bay home to share the history of sugar production on the island. […]

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

Fun Memories of Frenchtown by Larry Gumbs

Fun Memories of Frenchtown  by Larry Gumbs If you love the sea and the vessels that sail upon it, then Charlotte Amalie Harbor was the ideal place for growing up. As a young man, I was thoroughly smitten by boats, ships, and watercraft of all sorts. I feasted my eyes and senses on the fishing […]

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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

The Island Wedding of the Century! Leah Sasso and Bill Stevens The island of St. Thomas was and still is the most romantic location for a wedding. It was also home to a beautiful, teenaged girl, endowed with musical talents, who would meet her future husband in the classroom of her Catholic high school. Leah […]

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