Friday, March 25, 2016

Annaberg Sugar Plantation Brick Oven

Annaberg has one of the most highly visible and easily visited historic brick ovens in the US Virgin Islands.  I recently sailed there.   Less visible ovens can be found everywhere in the islands, beside roads, in many old buildings in Culebra, St. Croix, Tortola, and St. Thomas.  I found them in Antigua,  Guadeloupe, and St. Maarten.

 These oven follow traditional forms yet some, like the one shown here at Annaberg Sugar Plantation, are relatively rustic.  Others are spectacular elements in towns, obviously part of the daily life of inhabitants.
Note that the interior of the oven has recent ash on the floor and a roof that is low.
The Annaberg oven continues to be used for historic festivals.  

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