Cultural Resource Preservation

Virgin Islands National Park encompasses over half the island of St. John and almost all of Hassel Island preserving stories of the prehistoric past and over a hundred historic sites that together complete one the most undisturbed and comprehensive Caribbean landscapes. Significant prehistoric sites are present on almost every beach and in every bay within the park. After Columbus’ arrival, the Virgin Islands' became one of the first melting pots, made up of many cultures from around the world.  Since it’s inception, Friends has worked to support the preservation of the rich and extensive cultural history of Virgin Islands National Park.  Some of the programs that we support are:

Annaberg Cultural Demonstrations:

Annaberg Cultural DemoAnnaberg Plantation is the premier cultural destination in the Park. Our continuing support assures that local artisans are available to demonstrate historic gardening, cooking, basketry and storytelling to enhance the visitors’ experience.


Cultural Evening in the Park:

Cultural Evening in the ParkA weekly changing showcase of cultural pageantry, dance and music highlighting the history of the islands through the arts. Under the supervision of Dr. Edie Bruce; musician, dancers and artists are performing every Friday night December through April at Cinnamon Bay, beginning at 7:30 pm. 

Folklife Festival:

Folklife Fest St JohnSince 1996, the Friends has sponsored the annual Folklife Festival during Black History Month at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation. This well-attended event features cultural demonstrations from the plantation era as well as African song, dance and storytelling. 

Archeological Program:

Each year, Friends supports archeology interns to assist the Park Archeologist. The interns concentrate on archeological research, and assessment of archeological sites. This includes a variety of learning opportunities such as washing artifacts, creating technical drawings, attribute analysis, databases, vessel reconstruction, and field work to assess and monitor sites for management. For more information about the archeology program, and links to articles and the intern blog, please click here.


Archeology Exhibits:

The newly renovated Heritage Center & Archeology Lab provide visitors and students a glimpse of the past and historical timeline of St. John's rich history. For more information about the Cinnamon Bay Heritage Center & Archeology Lab, please click here.


Hassel Island Restoration:

Continuing effort to restore the Creque Marine Railway area to allow the site to be safely visited.  For more information on the work being completed on Hassel Island click here.



If you would like more information, or you would like to become involved in one of these projects, please come by the office or call. We invite members who are particularly interested in one of these projects to consider becoming a special sponsor of the project. Please contact our Development Director for more information, (340) 779-4940 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Your support is essential to the protection and preservation of Virgin Islands National Park for this, and future generations.




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