Sprauve Public Library

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Elaine Ione Sprauve Public Library is located just outside of Cruz Bay. In addition to books, the library’s collection includes interesting old photographs of St. John, newspaper clippings and paintings. The library is housed in the restored Enighed Estate House (pronounced en-nee-high). Visiting the library is a wonderful opportunity to explore one of the first substantial buildings of its kind on St. John. The plantation greathouse dates to 1757. The earliest recorded owner was the Wood family. A gravestone located in the family cemetery next to the greathouse/library indicates that a William Wood died on the plantation estate on April 9, 1751. The estate and house change hands multiple times over the century. In the early 1900’s a fire destroyed the greathouse. The burnt out shell, a shadow of its former beauty, would remain in this ruins for decades. On July 1, 1976 the site was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places; and by 1977 there was discussion of restoration. In 1980, with the restoration complete, the Enighed Estate House was renamed the Elaine Ione Sprauve Library and Museum of Cultural Arts – in honor of Sprauve’s service to the government and contributions to the people of the Virgin Islands. Today the facility no longer includes the Museum of Cultural Arts. The Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library is operated by the Virgin Islands Division of Libraries, Archives and Museum. The library is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm (they are close between 1pm and 2pm). For more information call: (340) 776-6359.

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Sprauve Public Library
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Hiking Tips

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Avoid hiking or swimming alone.
  • Allow for sufficient time to explore, swim and rest.
  • Remain on park trails – some trails cross private property, do not trespass into private property.
  • Wear cool clothing, comfortable walking shoes. Sandals are not recommended. Sneakers are your best option.
  • Protect yourself against the sun and insects.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Do not leave items or garbage on the trails. Make sure you leave with all the items you brought with you.
  • Do not remove anything from the park property; this includes but is not limited to shells, rocks, artifacts, flowers, plants and animals.
  • Pace yourself to prevent fatigue. Watch footing on wet rocks and trails made rough and slippery at times by heavy rainfall.
  • Do not eat unknown fruits, nuts or berries. Some plants and fruits are poisonous and can cause allergic reactions. Do not touch unfamiliar plants. Avoid handling or picking plant life that may harbor stinging insects, cause rashes, scratches or skin punctures. Many plants have thorns beware, look but don’t touch. Some ground covering shrubs cause severe itching – it is in your best interest to stay on trails.
  • Do not climb on fragile historic structures. Leave artifacts in place.
  • Hike early and return early.
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