Charlestown Landmarks

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Most of the important cultural and historic landmarks on the island of Nevis are centered on the town of Charlestown, which is also the main port of entry.  Visitors, regardless of where they are staying, can easily arrive on the island, spend a few hours checking out sites and learning about local heritage before continuing on to their lodgings. 


Museum of Nevis History

If you like to explore other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in Charlestown. To learn complete information concerning each museum, just click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Museum of Nevis History. It is located within Charlestown. The Museum of Nevis History features a variety of exhibits spanning the history of Nevis and present of Nevis. From environmental studies, Nevis history, and even some international history including a entire section dedicated to Alexander Hamilton.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Horatio Nelson Museum. It is located within the heart of Charlestown. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson lived from 1758 to 1805, and although he was born in Anguilla, was stationed on the island of Nevis with the British Royal Navy long enough to fall in love with prominent local Fanny Nisbet. Now, tourists can learn about the life of the admiral via a collection of his personal belongings at the Horatio Nelson Museum.

Nevisian Heritage Village: Located on what was once a busy sugar plantation and cotton ginning station, the Nevisian Hertiage Village allows guests to see what life was once like on the island by touring refurbished home sites and gardens.

The table below offers a few details concerning some museums to consider in and around Charlestown.

Museums In and Around Charlestown
Name Phone Location
Horatio Nelson Museum (869) 469-0408 Central Charlestown
Museum of Nevis History (869) 469-0408 0.9 mi. West of Central Charlestown
Nevisian Heritage Village (869) 469-5521 4.3 mi. East of Central Charlestown
Sports Museum -- 1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Charlestown

Historical Sites

In case you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of a foreign country, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites during your vacation.

Many travelers choose to visit Bath Hotel Historic. It is found in the heart of Charlestown. Built it 1778, the Bath Hotel is considered to be the first tourist hotel on Nevis and in the Caribbean. Foreshadowing the era to come, the hotel and spa welcomed visitors to relax in their spas and to enjoy the tropical island.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Charlestown Courthouse. It is a part of Charlestown Library and located in the heart of Charlestown. If you walk up the stairs to the second floor of the Charlestown Courthouse, not only will you discover a lovely sanctuary that houses the public library, but you'll feel as though you've walked into the underside of an overturned boat. The exposed beams on the ceiling were designed to look like the hull of a ship, and many people stop here simply to take a picture of the unique room.

Hamilton House: The Hamilton House is the birth place of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father the of the United States. Today, it also serves as the location of a museum.

Review the following table for more information on historical sites in Charlestown.

Historic Sites In Charlestown
Name Phone Location
Bath Hotel Historic -- Central Charlestown
Charlestown Courthouse (869) 469-5521 Central Charlestown
Fort Charles -- 1.2 mi. West of Central Charlestown
Hamilton House (869) 469-3015 0.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Charlestown
Historic Jewish Cemetery -- Central Charlestown
Montravers Estate -- Nelson's Spring, 1.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Charlestown
Nevis Slave Market Ruins -- 1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Charlestown

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers will enjoy some other interesting local attractions in and near the area.

Some of the other kinds of landmarks in and near Charlestown can be seen here:

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Charlestown
Name Type Location
Christena Memorial Plaque Monument 1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Charlestown
South Nevis Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlestown

Luckily, Charlestown includes additional attractions. For a more comprehensive look at other attractions, check out this page.


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