Landmarks on Jost Van Dyke

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If cultural attractions are an important aspect of your getaway, Jost Van Dyke may not be the perfect destination for you.  This small, sparsely-inhabited island excels at offering natural attractions and is often frequented by pleasure sailors, divers, and active adventurers, but as far as historic buildings and museums to explore, there are none.   


In case you like to become more aware of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation on Jost Van Dyke. To obtain complete information concerning each museum, click on the name.

Many travelers choose to visit North Shore Shell Museum. It is found in Little Carrot Bay, East-Southeast of Jost Van Dyke. The North Shore Shell Museum is located in Carrot Bay, and is truth is a bit cluttered and over run with shells. If just looking at thousands of seashells sounds a bit on the boring side, never fear.

Another common landmark for vacationers is 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum. It is found in Road Town, East of Jost Van Dyke. Inside 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum guests will be treated to a collection of exhibits which display examples of how life was on the island several generations ago. Historical artifacts, relics of daily life, and an exhibit of historic machinery is on display, as is a monthly art selection by a local artist. In addition to culture, the museum also touches on natural history, with a room of photographs discussing animal and plant life throughout the British Virgin Islands.

Folk Museum: This small museum offers a quick look at the island's history, especially during the days of the slave trade. Investigate old relics and check out the old home which houses the museum.

The table directly below lists more details regarding some available museums near Jost Van Dyke.

Museums Near Jost Van Dyke
Name Phone Location
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum (284) 494-9206 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town
Eugene O'Neal Museum -- 0.2 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town
Folk Museum (284) 494-3701 ext. 5005 0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown Road Town
North Shore Shell Museum (284) 495-4714 1.5 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay
Old Government House Museum (284) 494-4091 0.5 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town

Historical Sites

Callwood Historic Distillery

If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of foreign countries, you might want to visit one or two of these historical sites while vacationing on Jost Van Dyke.

Belmont Archaeological Site is a historical site near Jost Van Dyke. Belmont is an archeological site near North Sound in which archeologists have procured dozens of objects from the Ostinoid period, helping them to piece together pieces of the historical puzzle regarding what life was like on the islands between the years 900 and 1 B.C.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Vigilant Sloop. It is located in Frenchman's Cay, Southeast of Jost Van Dyke. Dry rot and popped planks have docks Vigilant, but not necessarily for good. The estimated damage is $40 thousand, and although the government is not able to afford to put that kind of money into a boat, there is still hope that she'll be out on the channel again one day.

St. Michael Church Ruins: Once reportedly headed by a pirate priest, St. Michael Church now stands in ruins on the North Beach Coast.

Check out the chart below to find out more about historical sites near Jost Van Dyke.

Historic Sites Near Jost Van Dyke
Name Phone Location Island
Belmont Archaeological Site -- 2.8 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Callwood Historic Distillery (284) 495-9383 Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Fort Recovery (284) 495-4467 3.7 mi. Northeast of Central Coral Bay Tortola
John Lettsom House -- 0.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
St. Michael Church Ruins -- 1.3 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
The Dungeon -- 2.8 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Vigilant Sloop (284) 495-4168 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors may enjoy some other intriguing sites within reach the island.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Jost Van Dyke
Name Type Location Island
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail Downtown Road Town Tortola

If you want to learn about more attractions beyond this category, you might want to cast a wider net. Navigate to this extended discussion concerning even more attractions if you'd like to find more information.


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