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Whim and Kingshill

Friday, Saturday and Sunday - December 5-7


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Friday, 5 December 2014

Since we didn't go yesterday, I decided to visit the Friedensfeld church over by Kingshill Cemetery this morning.
Friedensfeld Moravian Church sign

Friedensfeld Moravian Church sign


Friedensfeld (Field of Peace) was the third Moravian mission on St.Croix. In 1807, the Brethren acquired six acres from Estate Mon Bijou. The church was completed and dedicated on February 12, 1819. By 1854, the church had a congregation of more than 2,000, and today, the building is still used by a small and active congregation. The church is a fine combination of Gothic and Classical revival elements and is one of the largest frame buildings on the islands. The Church has been documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey.
Fredensfeld Moravian Church and Cemetery

Fredensfeld Moravian Church and Cemetery


This new grave was listed in the Moravian cemetery in Christensted but we found it here.
"Batigo" Benjamin

"Batigo" Benjamin


Bob got out of the car and was taking photos and I was sitting in the car in the shade, when someone stopped and asked me if I was looking for my Danish ancestors (I guess he figured that I wasn't island Moravian as most of them are black).

Turns out there is a small cemetery behind this church. So after Bob finished with the Friedensfeld Moravian cemetery, we drove back and there was a little cemetery surrounded by a pretty white picket fence which had about 18 graves in it
Cemetery behind the church

Cemetery behind the church

Cemetery gate

Cemetery gate


This cemetery is described by local people as "Danish" but really it is the members of the Friedensfeld Moravian Church who died and were buried prior to about 1930.

It is behind the chuch and behind the ruins behind the church at the edge of the woods. It is a small square, surrounded by a white picket fence with two brick entrance pillars. There is no sign. There is a cement square with Sixteen grave markers spaced around it (four on a side) and one grave in the middle, plus two graves outside the square. It may be that the grave markers were collected and placed in this square around the marker in the middle which is for the pastor.
Square of graves

Square of graves


I had looked in the book that the owner has for guests to see if there were any restaurants over in that area, and I picked Le Reine Chicken Shack as a good possibility. The GPS does not know where cemeteries are, but it knew Le Reine Chicken Shack.
Sign on the top

Sign on the top


So we stopped there. The place has a full bar,
Bar area

Bar area


and a window where you order and another window where you pick up the cooked food.
ordering window

ordering window


There was also an ATM.
ATM machine

ATM machine


The seating area was under cover, but there were no side walls so it was basically outside. They don't accept credit cards, but they do have restrooms.Their BBQ chicken is slow cooked with pure coal. The full menu includes ribs, steak, pork chops, meatloaf, conch, fish, and traditional sides like mac-n-cheese, rice and beans, and Johnny Cakes. Fresh whole roasted pork every Saturday,

I thought Bob would get ribs, but he got a
Half chicken

Half chicken


and I got conch stew. I got it to go. Bob questioned that, but I said, if we get it to go, then we don't have to ask for a box. My stew came with rice, beans and a salad.

Then we went over to Kingshill. It was CRAWLING with funerals. So we went up into the new section (where there wasn't anyone) and Bob got my scooter out and we took some photos.
Bob's picture of me in Kingshill

Bob's picture of me in Kingshill

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Eventually I decided that I could go over where the funerals were on the scooter, so I left Bob taking photos, and went over there. I went to the building that I thought was where Cyril King was buried but it was a chapel. One of the guys who was weed whacking (I think they use prisoners for upkeep because there were guards with guns lounging around) told me that Cyril King and his wife were in the next building. With many many steps up to it. He said if I could go up the steps it was unlocked. But it wasn't. I went up the steps and could only peek in through the glass.
Cyril King and his wife

Cyril King and his wife


After I got down the steps, I went over to try to find Valmay Thomas's grave, thinking it would be in the military section, but I didn't see it. A white hearse came in, and then left, and a black hearse came in. There was singing. I sat at the top of the hill on my scooter. Eventually a man in a red car came along and wanted me to go down the hill (I think), so I did. I watched them unload the black hearse - the singing had stopped. A large black lady asked me for a ride and we discussed various vehicle possibilities. And eventually I worked my way down to the gate and Bob came out from where he had parked.

We came back to the unit and turned the A/C on.

Saturday 6 December 2014

Saturday we spent most of the day at the Whim Plantation. First we took photos of the gravestones on the next property
Grave next to Whim plantation

Grave next to Whim plantation

Funeral home marker

Funeral home marker

Grave next to Whim Plantation

Grave next to Whim Plantation


Then we went to the Museum Archive Library.
Whim plantation library

Whim plantation library

Gravestone in the Library

Gravestone in the Library


We met one of the local Find A Grave volunteers there.
My friend holding up a rubbing of Anna's gravestone

My friend holding up a rubbing of Anna's gravestone


Rubbings are prohibited by FindAGrave because they damage the stones, so I could not post this photo on the website.
Microfishe copy of Anna Heegaard's obituary

Microfishe copy of Anna Heegaard's obituary


When it got to be lunch time, Bob went with someone to a place called Amigos. We were told not to order fried foods as they would be dried out so I got BBQ.
BBQ ribs, rice and salad

BBQ ribs, rice and salad


We ate at a table outside the library.
View from where we ate outside

View from where we ate outside

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Later I took a photo of Amigos as we drove by
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Passing Amigos


They called for us to Lord God of Sabaoth Church and told us we could either go before the service Saturday evening or before the Sunday morning service. I decided to go Saturday evening because then if it didn't work, I would still be able to try Sunday morning. And the church was open.
Interior of the church

Interior of the church


We went in and I took photos of the markers on the walls inside. Most of them were written in Latin.
Plaque inside Lord God of Sabaoth Church

Plaque inside Lord God of Sabaoth Church

Plaque inside for Peter and Anne Marie de Kreutzer Clausen

Plaque inside for Peter and Anne Marie de Kreutzer Clausen

Stone in the church floor

Stone in the church floor


There are a number of plaques in and around the church which mark the burials of church members. Some of these may have been gravestones at the original church.
Plaques on the outside wall

Plaques on the outside wall


There is no cemetery as such - just the plaques attached to the church. Most of the graves are at the Danish Cemetery. But the people on these plaques did not also have grave markers in the Danish Cemetery, so I was able to get their memorials moved to the church where they belonged.

Sunday 7 December 2014

Sunday we didn't do much other than go and find the Animal Flea Market. Coming toward Christensted on Route 75, you turn left up the next road just past Olympic Car Rental. There is a sign on Route 75 that says St Croix Animal Shelter Flea Market and points left.
Animal shelter flea market

Animal shelter flea market

Steps

Steps


Our friends had told us that there were two grave markers in the sidewalk in front of it
Graves location

Graves location

Master Mariner's grave

Master Mariner's grave


And then we went and got KFC for lunch.
Bob at KFC

Bob at KFC

Fried chicken

Fried chicken

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes


We packed. And I also took some photos of the flowers
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Monday 8 December 2014

Monday we were getting ready to leave and some other people came thinking they could check in. Check out is 11 and check in is 3. So they were a little early. We left the unit about 11. We drove to the Kingshill Lutheran Church
Kingshill Lutheran Church

Kingshill Lutheran Church

One of the graves

One of the graves


and took photos and also took a photo of the Friedensberg Moravian Church sign in Frederriksted.
Friedensberg Moravian Church

Friedensberg Moravian Church


Friedensburg (Hill of Peace) was the second Moravian mission established in St. Croix.

Then we stopped to get gas
Top Gas near the airport

Top Gas near the airport


and drove to the airport
Airport

Airport


and checked in. They didn't have anyone to push the wheelchair, but we didn't have to pay for the bags this time. Since we got to the airport so early, we decided to eat lunch there at the snack bar. The snack bar is OUTSIDE security. So you can eat there without going through security first. It was inside the air conditioned area,
Tables in the snack bar

Tables in the snack bar


but we couldn't get the wheelchair in very easily - one of us had to hold the door open and the other one pushed the chair.
Menu in the snack bar

Menu in the snack bar


I had an
Egg Sandwich

Egg Sandwich


(which was good) and Bob had
Tuna

Tuna


Everything is made to order - this is not fast food. We used the facilities, and then pointed out our bags to the TSA so they could put them through the scanner. We sat in the airport lounge for a bit until our plane left
Jet Blue loading

Jet Blue loading


Leaving St. Croix

Leaving St. Croix

Dock for commercial carriers

Dock for commercial carriers


When we got to Miami, we had another turkey sub for dinner. We got to BWI about midnight.
Arriving at BWI

Arriving at BWI


The bathrooms were all closed, but we finally found one that was open. Bob had the wheelchair pusher deposit me on a bench and then he went and got the bags. He put the battery back in the scooter and put my computer bag and his carryon into the scooter suitcase.
Van pick up

Van pick up


When we went out to get the van to the Hampton Inn it was 33 deg F. Quite different from the temperatures in St. Croix. We got to the Hampton Inn about 12:30 and spent the night.
TV in the Hampton Inn

TV in the Hampton Inn


Then we drove home in the morning.

Our next trip was in March to England

Posted by greatgrandmaR 19:22 Archived in US Virgin Islands

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