Peace Hill

Flowers on Peace Hill
Peace Hill Sunset March 6, 2013

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.

Christ of Caribbean
Christ of the Caribbean – Photo by Dean Hulse

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.

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One thought on “Peace Hill”

  1. I think the flower arrangement might have been left by someone honoring the 1 yr.anniversary of the passing of Kristi Hansen and her baby. On No Shoes Radio yesterday, there was a program featuring the voices of those who knew and loved her as they remembered their times with her. It was very moving.
    Thanks for the background on Peace Hill…I think it’s one of the prettiest views.

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