St. John Virgin Islands: Estate Seiban

Volunteers for the Virgin Islands Friends of the National Park have cleared the extensive ruins on the old Seiban Estate. These ruins including the only baobob tree on St. John have been mostly covered by bush for well over half a century.

Yesterday the volunteers cleared around the baobob tree from where there’s a great view of Fish Bay to the south. The photos you see on this blog entry were taken yesterday, the afternoon after the clearing of the estate.

There are two ways to get to Estate Seiban, the L’Esperance Road and the Great Seiban.

The L’Esperance Road begins on Centerline Road about a quarter-mile east of the Cathrineberg Road where the foundation of an old house can be seen on the south side of Centerline. Park here and go down the trail until you come to the small trail going south and down towards Seiban.

The Great Seiban trailhead begins in Fish Bay. Going east on the Fish Bay Road, take the first left after crossing the bridge over the Fish Bay Gut, which is Cocoloba Trail, at the first intersection bear right, staying on the Cocoloba Trail Road. Take the first left and head up the hill to the first switchback. The trail begins here.

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