A trip to St. John is an opportunity to immerse yourself in natural beauty and rich history. While many will flock to the white sandy beaches in the name of waves and sun, there are just as many opportunities to touch base with the past while exploring this island paradise. A trip to the Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum is an incredible way to spend an afternoon and definitely one of the best things to do in St Johns USVI.
Easy to identify from its brilliant yellow façade and wide white-railed staircases, the Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum is located near Cruz Bay and inhabits the Enighed Estate House. Recognized as one of the oldest buildings on the island of St. John, this fully-restored masterpiece is a fitting locale for an establishment that aims to both protect and share the island’s precious history with locals and visitors alike.
From 1750 onward, the estate passed hands between owners several times but was finally recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 after several years of abandonment. Between 1979 and 1980 a full renovation was undertaken on the estate and when the doors opened to the public once more, it was to the admiration of many who had worked hard to restore it to its original glory. Renamed in honor of Elaine Lone Sprauve who had dedicated her life to the betterment of St. John, the estate was redesigned as a library and cultural center.
What Lies Within The Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library
This historic library is open to visitors interested in pursuing an impressive collection of reference documents and literary resources pertaining to the history of St. John. Collections also include children and adult books as well as magazines and newspapers. For those interested in learning more about Caribbean culture as a whole, a trip through the library’s dedicated reference section would be most valuable. Photographs and paintings originating in St. John make up the museum-side of this establishment and provide a beautiful and intriguing display of history, art and education. No matter when you visit St. John, a trip to the Elaine Lone Sprauve Library is worthwhile way to spend an afternoon immersed in history.
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