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

Frederiksted is a good option for those wishing to visit Fort Frederik, because those staying in this area of the Virgin Islands will be pleased to have convenient access to the historical site during their visit. The area around this site remains relatively quiet, especially as there are so few hotel rooms nearby.

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

Location and What's Nearby

If the time you spend at the historic site leaves your stomach stomach growling, don't fret -- you'll discover numerous choices of local restaurants in the general vicinity. The most nearby eatery is Uca's Kitchen, an ideal location to eat at before visiting this historical site. The restaurant is maybe around about a hundred yards from this site's location, so grab a table and try something off the menu. Also near Fort Frederik you and your party will come across options including KFC Frederiksted and Pier 69 where you and your companions may sample American food and enjoy the Virgin Islands scene.


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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