Well folks, we have some great news to share with all of you. The Cookhouse at Annaberg has reopened permanently. One more step forward!
For those of you unfamiliar with the Annaberg plantation, it was one of the island’s largest sugar producers in the 1700s and 1800s. It also produced molasses and rum for export. Today, the site is the largest area of intact sugar production ruins on the island. Annaberg sits within the National Park, and is open to the public.
The cookhouse, which sits in the plantation’s horse mill, was erected after sugar cultivation was abandoned in the last quarter of the 19th century. Cattle were raised in its place and the cookhouse was erected.
Now, every Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mrs. Sprauve is onsite baking bread inside the cookhouse. What makes the bread that Mrs. Sprauve is serving so unique, in my opinion, is the way that the bread is baked. She cooks the bread over a charcoal stove, and the charcoal is made onsite at nearby charcoal pit.
Mrs. Sprauve showed me how the charcoal is placed above and below the pan in which she is making the bread. The charcoal, I recently learned, takes about a week to produce.
The bread is offered to visitors for free, although donations are accepted.
So the next time you are on island, please be sure to stop by Annaberg and say hello to Mrs. Sprauve. And when you are there, be sure to walk over and visit Charles at the garden. He is one of the island’s most treasured residents. Please click here to read an article we wrote about Charles last summer.
8 thoughts on “The Annaberg Cookhouse Has Reopened!”
Love visiting both of these island treasures!
So happy to read this great news, Jenn!
We met Charles on our last visit just before the hurricane. What a treasure!
This is so cool Jenn!
Thanks so much for this. We have put it on our agenda. We arrive for our tenth St. John vacation on March 6, along with our daughter and son-in-law (their fourth) and his parents first!
Thanks also for your wonderful blog. We read it every day!
Burt and Sue
That is so Awesome!!! Will be going there in June! Love your blog and Love St John!
We met Charles in December 2019. He showed us around his garden and gave us some sugar cane. Very nice man. I wish bread was being made at that time. I guess we will just have to go back! Love St John ❤️