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Event: 'Places That Matter/Ruins Ramble' Print
Places That Matter / Ruins Ramble
Walk in the footsteps of people who lived and worked on historic St. Croix sites

Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Contact Info: Lily Alvarez
Email: info@stcroixlandmarks.org

Guinea Company WarehouseSites of historic and cultural significance are featured in our Sunday afternoon Places That Matter / Ruins Rambles that let you walk in the footsteps of people who lived and worked on those sites. The programs are led by historians, architects, archaeologists and others who are passionate about and committed to preserving the very best of St. Croix. Oral tradition bearers of families with ties to the historic site are also invited to share their stories.

Exploring ruins is an enjoyable way to learn about St. Croix History, and is an excellent way to learn about people and places on St. Croix and meet others who share your interest.

Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse

Site interpretation by Mr. Kofi Boateng, Mr. Duane Howell, Dr. David Goldstein and Mr. Joel Tutein.

Completed in 1749, the Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse took over the primary function of running the company's monopoly on the trade of all goods in the Danish Islands until 1754, when the company was restructured through purchase by the Danish Crown. From this time forward the Company House was a critical node in European, African, and American trade for the Danish Crown and all of its trading partners in the region.

The yard was the main slave market and port-of-call for the Danish Colonies, and from 1749 through 1803 was the physical hub of the Danish and foreign slave and goods trade. Over the 54 year period, from its construction to the end of the Danish slave trade, people from at least 66 cultures from the West African coast and interior passed through the warehouse to plantations on St. Croix and throughout the Western Caribbean and North America.

The complex that we see today is a much reduced compound of what it was in the late 18th century. While the current footprint of buildings was similar to that of the early 18th century, the warehouse complex was reduced by half of its maximum construction in the 1780s. The change in building plan was made to accommodate the end of the slave trade, initial collapse of the sugar economy, and the development of a site plan to accommodate the new Custom's House in the 1830s.

Format

Each Ramble follows a similar format: We assemble at the site. Following a brief overview of the history of the property by a knowledgeable guide, the hike takes us to ruins and points of interest on the property.  The historic interpretation and hike usually take from 60 to 90 minutes. Refreshments of local fruit drinks, wine, cheese and assorted breads and crackers round out the afternoon.

  • 2:30 p.m.: Tickets on sale in front of King Christian Hotel
  • 3:00 p.m.: Easy walk begins.
  • Park in National Park Service lot.

 

Cost

  • $15 for adults / $12 for St. Croix Landmarks Society members
  • Students K-12 are free!
  • Sponsored in part by Schooner Bay Market Place

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