Years in the making, years in the telling. That's the story behind the St. John Historical Society's new book, St John – Life in Five Quarters. (The Five Quarters refers to the original five administrative districts of the island: Cruz Bay, Maho Bay, Reef bay, Coral Bay, and East End).
The island history is available in the Society's online store for $29.95. The book is described as more than 200 pages of "local stories, pictures, and history … accounts of prominent people and notable places, firsthand descriptions of earlier ways of life on St John, fact-based histories of estate ‘ruins’ we have rambled, and an impressive collection of interesting and beautiful images and photos."
The Society does more than sell books.
It has monthly meetings and hikes to tell the stories of the island and learn the history first hand. On Tuesday evening, March 9th at p.m. at Bethany Moravian Church, historian David Knight will talk about some of that history featuring photographs of St. John taken by his parents, Anna and George Knight, which focuses on the 1950s and '60s on the island.
On Saturday, March 13, at 9 a.m. at Bordeaux Mt. Road, Knight will lead a hike to explore the upper Reef Bay valley complex of estates with a hike to an estate ruins. It's a tough walk, straight down from the Bordeaux ridge– and back up – not for the faint of heart, or weak of knee.