Planter’s Burial Ground
During the plantation era, a formal burial was a privilege granted only to the white planter class. One of the sites of these burials was the Planter’s Burial Ground at Johnson’s Ghut, a valley lying to the east of Road Town. A low wall and fence keep wandering livestock from damaging the gravestones. You can open the gate and walk among the gravestones, which remember former governors, governor’s wives, and planters. The burial ground has been the subject of study by Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions (www.cvexp.org), which has cataloged the gravestone information and done simple maintenance work.
Getting to the Planter’s Burial Ground
To find the Planter’s Burial Ground, take the first left immediately after the Riteway Supermarket in Pasea. Follow this road until it forks; take the left-hand fork to the burial ground, which is right next to the island’s animal shelter.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition