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

Fort Frederik is located in Frederiksted, so travelers to this area of the Virgin Islands will be pleased to have easy site access throughout their trip. With just a small number of accommodations in the area around this historical site, a small amount of foot traffic can be bargained for.

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

Of course, one of the most delightful possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be chowing down on a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of this historical site. Uca's Kitchen is an ideal locale to eat on your way to visiting Fort Frederik, and offers convenient access to it. The dining establishment is a short ways off, but removed enough that you might need to aim for employing a particular means of transport to travel there. Also within a short distance, you will have restaurants such as KFC Frederiksted and Pier 69 where you and your group may try a bit of American cuisine and experience the flavors of the Virgin Islands.


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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