Fort Christian

Photo Credit: © Connie Ma CC BY
 

Once the center of the community, Fort Christian has had many roles since its completion in 1680. Over the course of its history it has been the governor's residence, a church, a jail, a town hall, a and a court. Today it stands as all of these in the form a museum. As you pass under the large clock tower reflect on what governors, soldiers, and other people have passed through too over its three century life.

What to Expect

The museum aspect of the fort will take you on a tour through time as you see relics from eras in the Virgin Islands' history.

It is hard to miss this grand building. Despite its growing age, the building stands out in its red brick body, lined with white borders. In the center of the front wall stands the entrance, a large green door, above which the clock tower climbs up from.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit Fort Christian may choose to book their trip in downtown Charlotte Amalie, since guests staying in this part of the Virgin Islands will be pleased to have easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. Despite the fact that the area isn't packed wall-to-wall with tourists, you'll nevertheless find a sizable number of accommodations to choose from.

Hotels near Fort Christian
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast B & B 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) N
Windward Passage Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) N
At Home in the Tropics Bed & Breakfast B & B 0.1 mi. (1.4 km) NNE
Bunker Hill Hotel B & B 0.2 mi. (0.4 km) NNW
The Crystal Palace B & B 0.2 mi. (0.6 km) NW
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast B & B 0.3 mi. (0.6 km) NW
The Green Iguana Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) N

Location and What's Nearby

Visitors to Fort Christian will have access to a modest selection of island pastimes like working on their golf game and heading to the beach without having to look very hard. Visitors who will enjoy testing their talents around the course, will want to do so at the closest golfing opportunity, which is Mahogany Run Public Golf Course. Lazy moments can also be planned at Morning Star Beach, the closest beach. Though there isn't a huge selection, a few additional comparable beach and golf options can be reached from Fort Christian. You will encounter multiple interesting places out of the sun in the vicinity. Just a short distance away you will find two additional places close-by you may find worth a visit--Emanicipation Garden and Liberty Bell.

Information

Operating Hours

The fort is open to the public from 8:30am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Payment

There is no cost to explore the building, however donations for the upkeep are appreciated.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (340) 776-4566

Location: Fort Pladsen Gade, downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

 

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