Fort Frederik

Photo Credit: © Lee Cannon CC BY

Built in the 1700's by the Colonial Danish Government, Fort Frederik originally stood to defend the western coast against invasion from other European powers. Rather than wars and sieges, Fort Frederik is today remembered as the site of the Emancipation Revolt in 1848 and the Labor Riot in 1878, both which paved the way for free and fair labor laws on St. Croix.

What to Expect

Visitors are welcomed to stop by and take a look around the fort, which also contains some artifacts and educational material.

Fort Frederik is easily recognizable due to its symmetrical structure with rounded windows and doorways, and its bright red walls that stand out amongst the greenery of the island. A clock tower at the center of the structure still ticks away the time every day.

Staying Close

Consider staying in Frederiksted if you plan on visiting Fort Frederik, since travelers to this region of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. You can expect little traffic surrounding this historic site, perhaps because there are very few places to stay close.

Hotels near Fort Frederik
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Frederiksted Hotel Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.1 km) S
The Fred Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.1 km) S
Sand Castle on the Beach Hotel 1.0 mi. (1.2 km) S

Location and What's Nearby

There are a couple of closely located outdoor activities to pursue while you and your group aren't exploring Fort Frederik. Guests interested in showing their talents around the green, can do so at the nearest golfing opportunity, which is Carambola Beach Golf Club. If playing a few rounds of golf doesn't excite you, you might want to head over to La Grange, which is the closest beach to Fort Frederik. On top of that, your party might come across a couple other beach and golf options in the neighborhood. Historic site guests will encounter multiple other local attractions in the vicinity. You'll find two other places nearby you may want to visit -Buddhoe Park and Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts- both of which are situated not far from the historic site.


Operating Hours

Fort Frederik is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Admission into the fort costs $3(USD) per person, though children sixteen and under are free with a paying adult.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (340) 772-2021

Location: 198 Strand Street, Frederiksted, St. Croix




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