Gov. Charles W. Turnbull, who
submitted the trail as the Virgin Islands' nomination,
announced the designation Tuesday. The St. Croix Heritage
Trail is a 72-mile-long driving tour of historic sites
on the island. Stops include architectural ruins of
the 18th and 19th centuries, remnants of the once-bustling
sugar industry, and Point Udall, the easternmost point
under the American flag.
"This designation will greatly
benefit St. Croix's heritage tourism initiative since
a significant amount of national and international marketing
of these trails as tourism destinations will be undertaken
by the White House Millennium Council," Turnbull
The Millennium Legacy Trails project
is funded with a $520,000 grant by the National Endowment
for the Arts and administered by the National Assembly
of State Arts Agencies. The 50 trails are in 47 states,
Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the Virgin
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and
Rodney Slater, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, named
the sites late in October. The St. Croix Heritage Trail
is a public-private sector partnership of Tourism, the
St. Croix Chamber of Commerce and the St. Croix Landmarks
Society. "A number of private sector contributions
have enabled us to move forward with the design and
fabrication of road signs and the development of a trail
brochure with map," said coordinator Nancy Buckingham.
Those should be in place by the end of the year.
The next phase of the project
"will include pullovers, overlooks, interpretive
signage, educational materials, training and economic
opportunities seminars," she said.