Local Legends & Stories

Share folklore, legends, myths, and stories passed down through generations, offering insights into the island’s oral traditions and storytelling heritage.

Indigenous Peoples of St. Croix

St. Croix’s earliest inhabitants—the Igneri, Caribs, and Taino – form an integral part of its cultural tapestry. While there were interactions and cultural exchanges between Arawak-speaking groups (Igneri and Taino) and Carib-speaking groups, they each had their own distinct cultures, and social structures. The Taino, dominant in the Greater Antilles, boasted sizable villages and rich […]

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Monks Bath

Location: 17°45’44.99″N 64°53’10.14″WEstate Northside. NA-37 Monks Bath is a feature, located in the north-west of St Croix, approximately 3.7 miles north of Frederiksted. According to one story, monks carved the pool to stay clean without using their fresh drinking water. However, others say that the pool was built in the 1950s or 60s by property owners who

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What Are Those Slots Used For?

This photo shows the inside the Estate Bodkin sugar windmill, focusing on the arrangement of vertical slots around the top and the operation of the mill cap. A tour guide’s explanation during a Tan-Tan tour, suggested that the cap was mounted in these slots, and raised, rotated and lowered, for trimming the sails, a notion

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Stumblin’ ’round the Internet, and tumblin’ down Rabbit Holes

I find a fascination in exploring various topics online, often resulting in a plethora of open tabs as I navigate different trails of information. During one online journey, I stumbled upon an article titled “18th Century Grandeur” by the St Croix Landmarks Society (SCLS), which featured excerpts from Florence Lewisohn’s “St Croix under Seven Flags.”

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The Failure of the Mongoose in Controlling Rats

The island of St. Croix is renowned for its adorable Indian mongoose, Herpestes javanicus, often spotted engaging in daring encounters with passing traffic. A prevalent misconception perpetuated by locals, tour guides, and taxi drivers is the belief that the introduction of mongooses in 1870 to manage the rat population was unsuccessful due to their differing

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Why mix molasses with lime?

When exploring the Estate St George Botanical Gardens, a captivating enigma awaits visitors at the lime kiln plaque. It intriguingly mentions the mixture of lime with molasses, leaving a sense of wonder about the reasoning behind this unusual combination. Delve into the Lime page to unravel the mystery behind this intriguing statement.

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