Landmarks in Frederiksted

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If you're looking to learn more about the culture and history of Frederiksted, head to the area dubbed as the Historic District. It is located in an area surrounded by the shore, Fort Frederick, the cemetery, and Fisher Street.  Within, visitors can explore on their own or take a guided tour, stopping to look within several museums, historic family homes, and of course, the fort. 

Museums

Estate Whim Museum

If you like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To get additional information concerning each museum, just click on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. It is found in the heart of Frederiksted. CMCArts strives to collect and preserve original Caribbean artwork for locals as well as tourists to enjoy.

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Estate Whim Museum: Step into the life of colonial St. Croix, when sugar was king and sugar mills were a common sight. The Estate Whim Museum presents the daily life of plantation owners and workers in the recreated sugar mill and estate.

Lawaetz Family Museum: A guided tour of the Lawaetz Family Museum by an actual member of the Lawaetz family brings guests through the home to view all of the antique relics that have been so well kept over the years. The home was originally purchased by Carl Lawaetz in 1896, and it is his belongings (an antique mahogany bed and a treasured set of china hand painted by his wife, for example) that are the central focus of the tour.

The following table summarizes more information on some museums in and around Frederiksted.

Museums In and Around Frederiksted
Name Phone Location
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (340) 772-2622 Central Frederiksted
Estate Whim Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted
Lawaetz Family Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted

Historical Sites

Fort Frederik

If you like to immerse yourself in the history of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your vacation.

Many travelers choose to visit Fort Frederik. It is located within the heart of Frederiksted. 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Estate Mount Washington Plantation. It is located 2.2 mi. North of central Frederiksted. The plantation is open from dawn to dusk.

View the table below to read more about historic sites in and around Frederiksted.

Historic Sites In and Around Frederiksted
Name Phone Location
Estate Mount Washington Plantation (340) 772-1026 2.2 mi. North of Central Frederiksted
Fort Frederik (340) 772-2021 Central Frederiksted
Good Hope Plantation Ruins -- 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers can discover some other worthwhile places worth visiting nearby.

If you'd like to learn more about the distillery process, consider visiting Cruzan Rum Factory. Tours are offered between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you might want to visit Hams Bluff Lighthouse. Hams Bluff Light is less a tourist attractions and more an active lighthouse located on the side of a forested hill.

The chart right below summarizes some key facts regarding other kinds of places of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Frederiksted
Name Type Location
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 2.1 mi. East of Central Frederiksted
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.0 mi. North of Central Frederiksted

Keep in mind that Frederiksted has additional attraction types. Click on this link to view our article about other interesting attractions for Frederiksted.

 

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