Fredriksdal was named for Frederick Von Moth who lived on St. Thomas. He purchased the property from Reimert Sødtmann, magistrate of St. John in the early 1730s. (Sødtmann and his stepdaughter were among the first victims of the slave rebellion in 1733.) Von Moth was commander of the civil guard on St. Thomas and later became governor of St. Croix.
The grand entrance and stairway of the Fredriksdal Ruins are the remains of the estate house, which served as living quarters for the owners of Annaberg Plantation and are visible from the road. There are extensive ruins extending back into the bush. They include the remains of an oven, a well, a horsemill and other old structures and walls.
The area is covered with sweet lime and other thorny vegetation, so wear appropriate clothing to explore.
Old Stone Bridge
Across the road from the Fredriksdal Ruins there is a seldom-used trail that was once part of the Old Danish Road. It leads to a fairly well preserved stone bridge that is almost hidden in the thick bush.
St. John and Virgin Islands News
Jasmine Campbell, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ one-woman Winter Olympics team, finally got a chance to compete Tuesday, racing down the hill in the giant slalom over a messy course made slushy by warmer-than-usual temperatures and light rain, and though she didn’t finish in upper echelons of the giant slalom, she said she had a great time.
Campbell was born on St. John but moved with her family to Idaho when she was 9 years old. It was in the Pacific Northwest that she took up skiing, eventually competing on the international stage and now representing the territory of her birth in the games in Sochi.
She arrived in the Russian resort city Feb. 6 for the opening ceremony and has been waiting ever since for her two events.
Mother Nature didn’t help. According to a report on ESPN.com, the race took place in a light rain that turned the course into slush.
“I don’t believe I’ve ever skied in such awful conditions,” Campbell told the Source in an email interview. “It was raining so hard I had to wipe my goggles mid run so that I could see where I was going.”
Campbell completed her two runs in a combined time of 3:05:05, 28.18 seconds behind gold medal winner Tina Maze of Slovenia, who successfully defended her 2010 giant slalom gold medal. … read more
Conference, lawsuit focus on citizenship rights for residents of U.S. territories
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 18, 2014
ST. THOMAS – The rights of residents in the U.S. territories are being questioned by top legal minds pushing for equal citizenship rights for all Americans.
With a Harvard University conference on the topic scheduled for this week and a lawsuit pending in federal court, the subject is getting national attention.
The lawsuit is Tuaua v. United States, and it is about American Samoa’s citizenship rights. While the situation in American Samoa is different that in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the outcome of the litigation could radically change citizenship for residents in all the territories.
Neil Weare, lead counsel in Tuaua and president of We the People Project, an organization that works to achieve equal rights for residents of U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, said those born in American Samoa are not full citizens. They are considered “non-citizen nationals,” and if they moved to one of the 50 states, they would have to go through the naturalization process to gain the full rights of citizenship.
In the Virgin Islands, people born in the territory are full U.S. citizens. While living in the Virgin Islands, residents have limited rights – such as not being able to vote for the president and not having a voting representative in Congress. However, when a Virgin Islander moves to one of the 50 states, all those rights are immediately restored. “If you’re born in the Virgin Islands you’re a U.S. citizen based on federal statute,” Weare said.
Rather than citizenship for the territories being a constitutional right, a century old legal precedent called the Insular Cases makes citizenship legislated by Congress.
“The idea of them was for certain parts of the constitution, Congress can turn constitutional rights on and off like a light switch,” Weare said.
The United States took ownership of the Virgin Islands in 1917, and citizenship was granted through an act of Congress in 1927.
Because citizenship for native-born Virgin Islanders was granted by Congress, it could be taken away by Congress as well, Weare said.
“If we win, people born on U.S. soil in U.S. territories will have a recognized, constitutional right to citizenship that Congress has no power to turn on or off,” Weare said…. read more
St. John Events
South American Sambacombo Band
There will be a select exhibition of hand-made island crafts in both the Dept. of Tourism’s little park and the main park.
A show of children’s art will be on the 2nd floor of the Market Place, as in past years.
St. John Live Music Schedule
Third String All Stars
St. John Flutes
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
6:30 – 9:30
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
St. John Weather
Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 18 to 22 mph.