Anguilla Landmarks

Anguilla's landmarks include a few historical buildings, and some architecture that will take your breath away

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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.

Places of Worship

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.

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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.

Sombrero Lighthouse

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.

Museums

Assuming you like to learn about other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on Anguilla. To see complete information concerning each museum, just click on the name.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Wallblake House. It is found in the Valley, in central Anguilla. Wallblake House is the oldest and most intact plantation house on Anguilla, built in 1787. The entire complex of buildings is intact, including kitchens, worker's quarters and stables.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Heritage Collection Museum. It is Island Harbour, in northeastern Anguilla. Now a site of historical significance that is part of the Anguilla Heritage Trail, this private museum is run by a local writer who is also a huge wealth of knowledge regarding history and culture of the island. The property details the fascinating history of the island's people, from the British settlement and importation of slaves to averting plans to depopulate the island.

The following table provides you with some key facts regarding some museums you might enjoy on Anguilla.

Museums On Anguilla
Name Phone Location
Heritage Collection Museum (264) 235-7440 1.1 mi. North of Central East End
Wallblake House (264) 497-6613 The Valley, Central Anguilla

Historical Sites

Old Fort at Sandy Hill

If you like to explore the historical roots of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites while vacationing in Anguilla.

Many travelers choose to 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 that often intrigues visitors is Old Fort at Sandy Hill. It is situated in eastern Anguilla. 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.

Warden's Place: 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.

View the following table to see historical sites on Anguilla.

Historic Sites On Anguilla
Name Phone Location
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

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers may enjoy some other intriguing local landmarks on Anguilla.

If the nitty gritty aspects of living by the sea interest you, you might want to visit Sombrero Lighthouse. Due to it's distance from Anguilla, on a secluded island, Sombrero Lighthouse is rarely visited. The island was once mined for it's phosphate supply, in the 1800s and now has been left to the birds.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Anguilla
Name Type Location Island
Sombrero Lighthouse Lighthouse 24.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Dog Island Anguilla

If you want to learn about a wider variety of points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you should cast a wider net. Follow this link to see our page concerning other interesting attractions for Anguilla.

 

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