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 a gift shop. Here, you can find the perfect souvenir to bring home with you. Some of the items sold include local crafts, art, music, and literature. Artist Leo S. Carty is featured at the gift shop, selling some of his prints, jewelry boxes, and political cartoons.

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

Staying Close

Frederiksted is a good option for those wishing to visit Fort Frederik, since those staying in this part of the Virgin Islands will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site during their visit. With only a small number of accommodations around the neighborhood within the vicinity of Fort Frederik, only a little tourist traffic can be bargained for.

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
Cottages by the Sea Villa complex 1.0 mi. (1.3 km) S

Location and What's Nearby

Those who choose to visit Fort Frederik will be able to enjoy a few options for island pastimes like golfing and taking to the coast without having to look very hard. Historic site visitors also hoping to play a round or two of golf should consider going to the closest course, Carambola Beach Golf Club. Sunny days can also be spent at La Grange, the most close-by beach. Although the selection isn't overly extensive, one or two other equally enjoyable outdoor possibilities exist in the area. Visitors will discover a variety of other interesting places to get away from the sun in the vicinity. You'll find a pair of additional attractions worth visiting in the area -Buddhoe Park and Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts- each of them found within a few miles of 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 $5(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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