Set atop Harrigan's Hill, Fort Charlotte was named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, King George III's wife. It was built in 1794 in such a manner that canon fire from a ship in the harbor would not be able to reach it, and anyone who wanted to overtake the fort would have to do it scaling a hill under heavy fire. Needless to say, this is one fort in the Caribbean that never fell.
In complete ruins and overrun by local vegetation, there are still a few recognizable structures from the glory days of Fort Charlotte including a cistern and an underground magazine. The government has, however, shut these down due to the risk of falling in.
Consider staying in Road Town if you plan on visiting Fort Charlotte Ruins, as travelers to this part of the Virgin Islands will be pleased to have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. There are several hotels based around the area around Fort Charlotte Ruins.
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Guests to Fort Charlotte Ruins may also be interested in visiting Nanny Cay, the most conveniently accessed beach, and an ideal place to relax in the sand following a trip to this site.
Officially, Fort Charlotte is set upon private land, and should not be accessible to the public. Still, the owners have been known to be laid back about allowing tourists to hike the trail to catch a glimpse of the ruins.
There is no charge to visit Fort Charlotte.
Location: Fort Charlotte Road, Road Town, Tortola
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