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Herman Farm Workshop

Estate Herman Farm St. John USVI
Storage Shed and Workshop Used by Cory Bishop at Estate Catherineberg in the 1940s

In the 1940s, an American, Cory Bishop, operated a working truck farm on Estate Cathrineberg, known then as Herman Farm similar to the American truck farms of that day. He produced vegetables, fruits and livestock. All that’s left of his operation is the horsemill, across the road from the windmill that had been converted to a cistern, which used to serve as a fresh water pond containing attractive aquatic plants, until it was allowed to crumble and decay and an old workshop and storage shed which can be found (with perseverance) in the bush off the east end of the Catherineberg Road.

old bottles

employee living area

employee living area inside

underground storage area

boar’s skull found in below ground storage area

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Catherineberg History, St. John USVI

Spectacular Chocolate Hole Sunrise

Chocolate Hole Sunrise, St. John Virgin Islands
Spectacular Chocolate Hole Sunrise

A beautiful sunrise this morning as viewed from my house overlooking Chocolate Hole. This is the real thing – no post production work at all was done to the photo.

Catherineberg Windmill photos – 1965 and now

Catherineberg Windmill Tower 1965 St John US Virgin Islands
Catherineberg Windmill Tower 1965 – photo by Frederik C Gjessing

Catherineberg Windmill Storage Vaults St. John USVI 1965
Catherineberg Windmill Storage Vaults 1965 – photo by Frederik C Gjessing

Restored Catherineberg Windmill St. John Virgin Islands
Restored Catherineberg Windmill

A Little Bit of Catherineberg History
The 150-acre Cathrineberg plantation became the property of Judith Ann Delicat in 1718 just after the Danish colonization of St. John. The Delicat family also began two other plantations that same year, Jochumsdahl A and Jochumsdahl B. Both were 75 acres and adjoined Cathrineberg. These plantations were eventually consolidated into one 300-acre property known variously as Jochumsdahl, Cathrineberg, Cathrineberg or Herman Farm.

By 1721, Cathrineberg was harvesting sugarcane and the following year a sugar factory was completed. In 1797, at the peak of the sugar boom, 107 people lived at Cathrineberg. One hundred fifty acres were devoted to sugar and 150 acres to other crops. There was no unimproved land on the plantation.

Sugar declined as an important crop during the nineteenth century and Cathrineberg discontinued production in 1896. By then, most of the estate was devoted to stock raising. By 1915, Cathrineberg had ceased operations. During the 1940s, an American named Cory Bishop operated a small farm on the estate….read more

Virgin Islands News – St. Thomas Gets Their Own “8 Tuff Miles”

Runners brave weather in M2M Road Race
By THOMAS LAYER (Special to The Daily News)

ST. THOMAS – Overcoming a challenging 8-mile course with steep terrain, rain and close competition, Michael Thompson won the inaugural Montessori to Magens Road Race on Saturday morning, and Ruth Ann David followed closely to claim the top women’s title for the race that started at the Montessori School and finished at Magens Bay.

More than 350 runners and walkers braved an early morning start and gray skies filled with rain clouds to gather for what several racers would end up calling “the toughest race on St. Thomas.” Many participants have raced the popular 8-Tuff Miles on St. John and were happy to have the same opportunity on St. Thomas.

Presented by V.I. Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy, the inaugural event’s steering committee brought one of the top V.I. runners, Shane DeGannes, to direct the race. Having won virtually every St. Thomas Association of Road Runners event, DeGannes knows what works well for runners.

Media releases were sent out in June, Facebook pages established, decals and T-shirts were ordered, an army of volunteers were secured and hundreds of additional details filled the final weeks leading up to the race; in the end, the event boasted more than 350 registrants…. Read more

St. John Weather Forecast
Scattered showers and thunderstorms before noon, then isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. East southeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. (NOAA National Weather Service)

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