The island of St. John, directly to the east of St. Thomas, is home to many attractions, including the Elaine lone Sprauve Library and Museum. Located right outside of bustling Cruz Bay, the Library is a great place to visit if you’re interested in history. The building originally served as the main house of a Danish plantation, which was built in 1757. Originally it was called Eneighed Estate and is one of the oldest buildings of its type on St. John. Unfortunately, the estate burned down in the early 20th-century, with only the frame remaining, but was restored in the years 1977-1980.

Today, the Elaine lone Sprauve Library and Museum (named for a person important in the development of USVI) serves as Cruz Bay’s public library and also has a small museum which houses old photographs, documents, and other artifacts which relate to St. John’s history. This is one of the best places to learn more about the history of USVI, and St. John in particular. If history interests you, or you just need a place to get out of the sun (or rain), try the Library and Museum.

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