Anguilla is more than resort hotels and beautiful beaches. There is a culture and a history on the island that tourists would be sorry if they missed out on. Learning about the island is as simple as visiting a few local landmarks.
It is not the historical significance, or stories of martyrs that draws visitors to the churches of Anguilla. Instead, it is the architecture that attracts on-lookers. Many of the island's tourists don't seek out the churches, but once you notice one, you begin to take note of the others.
The Bethel Methodist Church in Sandy Ground is an excellent example of Anguillan stonework, and the stained glass windows are a work of art. In The Valley, the three arches on the front of St. Gerard's Catholic Church, and the colorful collection of stonework that covers them are simply breathtaking.
Anguilla's Sombrero Island is home to the Sombrero Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built originally in 1868, but had to be rebuilt in 1962 after it was destroyed during Hurricane Donna. Sombrero Lighthouse is something of a national treasure, having consistently appeared on Anguilla stamps since the 1950s.
In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on Anguilla. To learn complete information concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Wallblake House. It is located in the Valley, in central Anguilla. Tour hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10:00 am - Noon.
Another landmark worth visiting is Heritage Museum Collection. It is Island Harbour, in northeastern Anguilla. The museum is open from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The following chart summarizes some details concerning a few the museums available on the island.
|Heritage Museum Collection||(264) 235-7440||1.1 mi. North of Central East End|
|Wallblake House||(264) 497-6613||The Valley, Central Anguilla|
In case you like to immerse yourself in the history of foreign countries, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions during your time in Anguilla.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Old Factory. It is located in the Valley, in central Anguilla. While most of the original ginning machinery was lost after the Old Factory was closed, what remains has been put on display for guests visiting the Tourist Office to peruse.
Another landmark worth visiting is Warden's Place. It is found in central Anguilla. Just like many of the Caribbean Islands, Anguilla depended, in part, on the sugar trade. Warden's Place was once a sugar plantation that was built in the 1790's.
Old Fort at Sandy Hill: Overlooking Sandy Hill Bay, this old fort was the colonist and British took their final stand against an invading French Force in 1796. In the end, the French were defeated and thanks to "The Battle of Anguilla", the island remained part of the British Empire.
Take a look at the following table for more information about sites of historical interest on Anguilla.
|Old Factory||(264) 497-2759||The Valley, Central Anguilla|
|Old Fort at Sandy Hill||--||1.8 mi. South West of Central East End|
|Old Salt Factory and Pump House||(264) 497-2711||Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla|
|Warden's Place||(264) 497-2930||Central Anguilla|
Bear in mind that Anguilla includes other attractions. Anyone who needs to learn more concerning other attractions by clicking here.
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