We took the short hike up to Peace Hill yesterday afternoon and were treated to the cool flower arrangement inside a coconut shell that some previous visitor left there for others to enjoy. It made me nostalgic, remembering the days when the Christ of the Caribbean graced the center of the old sugar works horsemill and brought back memories Baba Ran Das’s sunset talk before Hurricane Marilyn brought down the iconic statue.
In the 1950s the Wadsworth family donated a seven-acre tract of land to the Virgin Islands National Park including the area known as Peace Hill, where the old windmill still stands.
The deed of gift to the park asserts:
The grantors have for some years maintained Wadsworth’s Peace Hill as a place where the public is invited to enjoy great beauty and quiet. It is their wish that Wadsworth’ Peace Hill be perpetually dedicated as a place where people might meditate and find inner peace, in the hope that in some way this might contribute to world peace.
In 1953, Col. Wadsworth commissioned St. Johnians Terrence Powell and Thomas Thomas to construct the Christ of the Caribbean statue on the summit of Peace Hill, which for some time was a St. John landmark marveled at by the passengers and crews of vessels passing through the Durloe Channel.
In 1995 Hurricane Marilyn destroyed the Christ of the Caribbean, which was, by this time, showing signs of decay.
The Virgin Islands National Park Service decided not to rebuild the statue.
St. John Weather
Mostly cloudy with rain showers in the morning, then clear with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Winds from the SSE at 5 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor): 84 degrees F
Sunset: 6:26 PM AST
St. John Live Music Schedule
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
7:00 – 9:00
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00
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Lauren Jones Magnie
5:00 – 8:00