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Fredriksted and Lord God of Sabaoth Church


View 2014-St Croix on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

3 December 2014

This morning I wanted to see what the website where I got my information on the Danish burials said, and found it is no longer on-line except as an archive. The unit has a printer, but don't know how to connect to it.

But I eventually got myself together - except that I forgot my phone. Anyway, I wanted to go to Fredriksted while a cruise ship was in so I could see what stuff was on the waterfront when the cruise people were there.

And I also wanted to get a better photo of the Hams Bluff lighthouse. So we came out of the condo and turned right toward Fredriksted. Bob saw the gas station we always used and the road to Hibiscus (which is now for sale). We thwarted the GPS by turning on North Shore road
North Shore Road

North Shore Road


and went to Cane Garden Bay and stopped to get photos of the lighthouse.Ham's Bluff Light is located on a 360-foot headland at the western end of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Hams Bluff Light Station from Cane Bay beach 2014

Hams Bluff Light Station from Cane Bay beach 2014


360 foot headland

360 foot headland


The Hams Bluff Light Station was designed and built in 1915 by the Danish government. The land around the structure is mostly undeveloped, consisting of tropical trees and shrubs. The property is not accessible by the public and can only be reached by foot through government property along the severely overgrown access road leading to the structure.
Ham's Bluff Lighthouse from Cane Garden Bay

Ham's Bluff Lighthouse from Cane Garden Bay


The light structure is a cylindrical, cast iron tower built to a height of 35 feet on top of a concrete foundation.
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The diameter of the tower measures to about 12 feet. The exterior was painted white and the cupola, at the top, painted black to identify the light.

We were proceeding on and suddenly the GPS had a complete fit and told us to turn around. I should not have listened to it. We would have been fine had we just kept on going. But the GPS took us on roads (I think 695 and 693) which were listed on the map as unpaved, and indeed unpaved roads would have been better than what we were on. We were in the
Rain Forest area

Rain Forest area


Taxi in the Jungle

Taxi in the Jungle

xIMG_5306.JPGHanging vines

Hanging vines


At one point the car bottomed out and rocks kept hitting the underside.

Bob was also having trouble seeing.
IMG_5308.JPGShaft of sunlight

Shaft of sunlight


The sun seemed to be angry because the trees kept it from shining on us so it redoubled its efforts and when it hit the windshield, the reflections from the console blinded Bob.
Somewhere in the rain forest

Somewhere in the rain forest


We saw some things I didn't know existed - like the Zoo. Eventually we came out on the north side of Fredriksted.
Returning to civilizations

Returning to civilizations


Taxi turning the corner

Taxi turning the corner

We drove through Frederiksted on our way to lunch.
Celebrity passengers on the beach

Celebrity passengers on the beach


Mural in the street

Mural in the street


I suggested we go to the Turtle Deli again for lunch.
Turtle deli

Turtle deli

Menu

Menu


I got a Ruben (I should have asked them to leave the sauerkraut off) and Bob got a turkey melt. We each ate half, and took the rest home.

Then we went to try to photograph the St. Paul's cemetery across from the church, but everything was locked up tight. So we went to the Lutheran church. Bob said he had photoed everything last time, but there were six people missing that I knew were there. I climbed the steps and walked all the way around the church, and we did find four of them which weren't in the wall
One of the Gravestones we found

One of the Gravestones we found


Then we wanted to go to the Fort, so we drove around
Library

Library


and found a place to park.
Tree in the parking lot

Tree in the parking lot


Then we walked/scootered over to the fort
IMG_5327.JPGPlayground

Playground

Egret

Egret

Legislature building

Legislature building


We went past the Customs House,
Oscar E. Henry Customs House

Oscar E. Henry Customs House


and I found out that:

Frederiksted was the site of the emancipation of slaves on July3, 1848 in the then-Danish West Indies. Slaves were freed at Fort Frederik on the waterfront at the northern edge of Frederiksted by Governor-General Peter von Scholten after slaves led by Moses "Gen. Buddhoe" Gottleib (a slave) revolted. In 1848, Buddhoe was an enslaved African who could travel from plantation to plantation. He was a master sugar boiler and was hired out to virtually every sugar plantation on St. Croix. Buddhoe could read and write and was knowledgeable in world affairs. He used his skill and knowledge to organize the slaves in demanding their freedom.
Freedom Statue

Freedom Statue


"The revolt began when enslaved laborers on West End estates blew conch shells and rang estate bells around 8pm on July 2, 1848, as a sign to assemble at Estate La Grange and various other plantations"
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Prompted by the takeover of Fort Frederick, the military stronghold in St. Croix and threats by the slaves to "burn down the town of Frederiksted," Gov. General Peter Von Scholten reluctantly said "from this day onward all unfree in the Danish West Indies are free." St Croix celebrates July 3rd as Emancipation Day, and Frederiksted may be referred to locally as "Freedom City"
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The statue in front of the old Customs House is called called the Freedom statue and depicts a man blowing on a conch shell

Approaching the fort

Approaching the fort


We went through the Fort which I hadn't seen before except from the outside. Fredriksed was originally protected by Fort Frederik, which dates back to 1700. It was named after Frederick V of Denmark, who purchased the Danish West Indies in 1754. It is in the National Historic District of Fredriksted and is a National Historic Site.
Entrance

Entrance


It isn't a part of the National Park system though so I couldn't use my Golden Passport for admission.
Sign at the entrance

Sign at the entrance


Inside Fort Frederick

Inside Fort Frederick

Courtyard

Courtyard

Damaged area

Damaged area

Powder magazine

Powder magazine

Solitary confinement cell

Solitary confinement cell


Fort Frederik Museum has an admission fee of $3.00 adults. Under age 16 admission is free.
Pictures in the museum

Pictures in the museum

Exhibits in the museum

Exhibits in the museum

IMG_5341.JPGShell collection

Shell collection

Shell designs

Shell designs

Stairs to the ramparts

Stairs to the ramparts


The museum is open on Saturdays only during cruise ship visits. 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 They had an exhibit of mahogany furniture upstairs that I didn't get to see, but we saw most of the rest of it - without climbing the ramparts of course. There
Ramparts

Ramparts

Cannons in the grass

Cannons in the grass

Clock Tower from the fort

Clock Tower from the fort


was an exhibit inside
Slave ship exhibit at the fort

Slave ship exhibit at the fort


window

window


And there was another exhibit of the Architectural Trim of Frederiksted 1898-1981 from the Robert S. Brown Collection
Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Door

Door

IMG_5358.JPGArchitectural details

Architectural details

IMG_5361.JPGFence or gate

Fence or gate

House diorama

House diorama

Apothecary diorama

Apothecary diorama

Sign about the apothecary

Sign about the apothecary


Celebrity at the dock 2014

Celebrity at the dock 2014


The Celebrity Constellation was there. I saw two other people on scooters and one in a wheelchair. I went down along the waterfront.
Dive shop

Dive shop

DJ on the waterfront for cruise ship people

DJ on the waterfront for cruise ship people

Cruise ship dock

Cruise ship dock


I bought a shirt for Bob that said "We gave away the children, the cat was allergic" He had to pay for it as I had no money. I saw a baby's onesie that said "I cry when ugly people pick me up" but it was too small for our great grandson and was kind of mean anyway.
Cruisers buying items

Cruisers buying items

Trash cans

Trash cans


In 2005, there were major renovations around the cruise port. At the northern end is the Clock Tower Plaza, of which I have several photos. The clock tower stands on a rise of three limestone steps circling the structure.
Clock tower

Clock tower


The limestone was imported from Santo Domingo. Thinner limestone tiles decorate the bottom half of the tower. The clock has a new face and will chime on the hour. Seven flagpoles for the seven flags which at one time flew over St Croix stand in a semi-circle on the east side of the clock tower. A meandering path begins at the clock tower plaza and snakes its way through the entire waterfront area which is landscaped with several types of palm trees and indigenous flowering plants. The original walking path, along the sea, features the familiar four foot yellow "ballards," or columns, connected by heavy metal chain link.
Clock Tower Plaza

Clock Tower Plaza


The columns have been updated with limestone caps Rest rooms were being completed on the pier and there are additional rest rooms at the Oscar Henry Customs house a few feet away. A new oval sea wall, capped with limestone, provides several feet of scenic seating.

We went back to the car and came back to the condo- It rained a little bit. We got gas on the way. It is pretty much all $4.19/gal. everywhere. We've gone 125 miles since we left the airport and the car got 23.3 mpg.

Got back to the condo and Bob asked if I wanted to go for a swim, so we did. The pool is around the corner. I think if I could walk to Mill Cove we could snorkel out to the reef. Bob thought the pool was too cold, but it was refreshing.
Bob's bathing suit hanging to dry

Bob's bathing suit hanging to dry


We had some of our sandwiches and some of yesterday's salad for dinner.

4 December 2014

Today we had an appointment at 10 with the Moravian minister at Friedenstal (Valley of Peace) Church, so we started out (after one false start because of forgetting the water) about 9:15 and got there way early. I found the car had an actual manual in the glove compartment so we parked under a tree and Bob looked at that.

The Friedenstal mission church was founded by German Moravian brethren in 1752 outside of Christiansted. It was the first mission church of the Moravians on St. Croix The mission served as a training center for parishioners in trades, reading and writing. The parish house (or manse) was built in the 1830s. The present church, built from 1852-54, is unaltered and features a masonry and wood pedimented entry porch. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

About 9:45 we saw someone stirring. The minister (whose name is Winston George Chase - he said he was born when King George was the king) said his secretary had to take leave this month so he has to get along without secretarial help. He did not have any idea who was buried where in the cemetery and could not help reading the gravestones. He said all the log books had been sent to Bethlehem to be archived until they could figure out what to do with them. He did get out the photo copies he had made of the Births Deaths and Marriages and some of the Burial records. Of course all in cursive. I photo copied some of it (that is I took photos of it).

Then he told me that there was a third Moravian church in Midlands (in addition to the one in Fredriksted and his church). He gave us island type directions to it (go to Five Corners and turn on the road with the auto dealership....) And he said we could see the steeple once we turned on Midlands Road.

After we left there, we tried to go to Lord God of Sabbaoth Church to see the tablets inside the church, but couldn't find a place to park.
Thou Shalt Not Park Here

Thou Shalt Not Park Here


So we parked at the Fort, and Bob got out the scooter and we went over.
Side entrance with logo and date

Side entrance with logo and date


It was locked up and when we tried the phone number it just said when services were.
Lord God Of Sabaoth Lutheran Church from the street

Lord God Of Sabaoth Lutheran Church from the street


Church Sign

Church Sign


We did see the five or six that are outside on the wall where the parking lot is,
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Courtyard


and Bob stood on the fence with my camera and took photos.

Then we went to have lunch. We decided it would be cheaper to have lunch out at a restaurant and take the leftovers home for dinner. (rather than have dinner out, and take the leftovers home for lunch because lunch is usually cheaper than dinner). So when we were in Christiansted I was using the scooter to ride along the boardwalk and we were looking for a restaurant to eat lunch.
You Are Here sign

You Are Here sign


Down a little alley we saw a sign that said "You Are Here". So we looked at the
Menu outside

Menu outside


and then went in to have lunch.
Counter

Counter


On the wall was a big map where for $1.00 you could make a little pin with a flag on it and place it on the map where you were "from".
Map

Map


The map was interesting to look at, but we didn't spend $1.00 for a pin. Their advertisement says: Lounge and Relax. You Are Here Bar & Grille offers an assortment of menu options including The Best Pizza on the Island! We have award winning items that have been recognized by "The Taste of St. Croix". I had the
Yah Burger

Yah Burger


which was supposed to have an egg on it but didn't. But the hamburger itself was REALLY good. I ate the hamburger part and left the cheese, lettuce and tomato and roll for dinner. I also ate Bob's cole slaw out of his
Shrimp Basket

Shrimp Basket


because he likes chopped and I like the sliced cabbage.and this cole slaw was sliced.
Coaster

Coaster


Then Bob heard me say that we would go home, and actually what I said was that we would try to find the Friedensfeld church and then go home. So we went back to the condo. Got there about 1:45.
Looking out at the water from our unit

Looking out at the water from our unit

Posted by greatgrandmaR 19:18 Archived in US Virgin Islands

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