St. John USVI Culture: Development on St. John - A 1937 Perspective
"Several new roads were being cut up the hillsides and Agnes (Sewer)
told us that Paul (Boulon) was beginning to erect a few cottages (at Trunk
Bay) to rent to winter visitors; we knew he had the plan in mind but, at
last, he was putting it into action…. Tourists were coming. Nice
tourists, probably… but to our way of thinking, even five more white
people on the north shore would destroy that splendid something that had
made St. John a paradise and given us the two happiest years of our lives.
The coming exploitation was inevitable, and it would be a good thing for
a batch of black people who were very close to our hearts and for the white
people that came, it would be marvelous. But for us it was ruined."
Desmond and Bet Holdbridge, Escape to the Tropics, published