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America Hill Estate House

america hill estate house
America Hill Estate House

America HillThe America Hill Estate House is an excellent example of late nineteenth century Virgin Island architecture. Much attention was obviously given to an aesthetically pleasing design as well as to functionality, the limitations of the building site, and the availability of materials and labor.

In the early 1900s, America Hill served as a guesthouse where travelers could rent rooms. One of the last tenants was rumored to be Rafael Leónides Trujillo, former dictator of the Dominican Republic.

Some older St. Johnians say that the estate house was also used as a headquarters for rum-runners during the prohibition days.

The America Hill Estate House can be accessed via the Cinnamon Bay Trail.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

St. John’s Hindes buries field at Virgin Gorda Half Marathon
By Dean Greenaway (Special to the Daily News)
Published: May 19, 2014

VIRGIN GORDA – St. John’s Timothy “TJ” Hindes did his research, relied on his 8 Tuff Miles racing and course training, then executed his strategy to perfection en route to burying the field and winning Saturday’s third Virgin Gorda Half Marathon…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
Watson Roc feat Andy
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Southeast wind 11 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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America Hill Estate House

St. John Virgin IslandsTrails: America Hill
America Hill Estate House

 

America Hill Estate House
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America Hill Estate House
The America Hill Estate House is an excellent example of late nineteenth century Virgin Island architecture. Much attention was obviously given to an aesthetically pleasing design as well as to functionality, the limitations of the building site, and the availability of materials and labor.

In the early 1900s, America Hill served as a guesthouse where travelers could rent rooms. One of the last tenants was rumored to be Rafael Leónides Trujillo, former dictator of the Dominican Republic.

Some older St. Johnians say that the estate house was also used as a headquarters for rum-runners during the prohibition days. The trail to the Estate House runs off of the Cinnamon Bay Trail…. Read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776 5336

Beach Bar
Revolver
9:00
777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
693-5855

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

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St. John News

Not for Profit: Friends of Park Celebrates 25 Years
By Lynda Lohr — December 16, 2013

With its roots in an organization formed by snowbirds and transplants spending their retirement on St. John, Friends of V.I. National Park has grown to be an important non-profit group that provided a huge help to the St. John park during its 25 years.

The organization is celebrating the anniversary with an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay. An exposition showcasing the Friends’ history will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Visitor Center…. read more

St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 20 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

 

 

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america hill, st johnAmerica Hill Great House

The America Hill Trail is a spur trail off the Cinnamon Bay Trail. It begins about 50 yards past the first gut crossing, marked by a steel post and leads to the ruins of the Estate House at America Hill.

Live Music on St. John Saturday, March 5

Castaways – Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
Larry’s Landing – Spiritual Rez – 10:00 – 1:00 – 693-8802
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – Piano & Vocals – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren -7:00 – 10:00
Skinnylegs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:00 – 9:00 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – James Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution to my visitors: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm

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America Hill Spur Trail: St. John Virgin Islands

As I’m now in the process of updating my best selling book, St. John Off the Beaten Track, I am revisiting the trails of St. John looking for any changes.

Reading Debbie Hime’s account of the America Hill Spur Trail in the St. John Sun Times, I find that the trail is no longer the struggle it used to be.

The main Cinnamon Bay Trail is pretty much unchanged since my last printing, except that the trees at the top of the trail have grown taller and the overlook near the Centerline trailhead is now obscured.

The America Hill Spur, which leads to the America Hill Estate House, on the other hand, has been significantly improved, thanks to the efforts of Friends of the Park trail volunteers. The scratchy sweet lime that lined the narrow path is no more and the bush at the top of the hill has been removed so that once again there is a spectacular view.

America Hill Estate House

View from the Sea

Old Photo by Dean Hulse

Ruins in Unstable Condition

South Corner

View to the West

Old Photo by Dean Hulse

Bake Oven

Sugar Boiling Pot

Terrace
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