St. Phillip's Church

St. Phillip's Church is an important structure with regards to black history in the British Virgin Islands, and even around the world. Almost entirely in ruins now, this structure was built by freed black slaves in the early to mid 19th century, and stands as the first Black Church in the Americas.

What to Expect

When the slave trade in Great Brittan was abolished in 1807, the British Royal Navy liberated several ships carrying slaves from British waters. Some of them were brought to Tortola and given plots of land. These wronged individuals joined together and built the St. Philips Anglican Church and School, which was destroyed in the hurricane of 1916. Today, tourists can walk around the ruins and consider what life must have been like for these people.

The remains of this church are just a few stone walls held in place by wooden beams. The government of BVI has plans to restore the building.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying in Kingstown if you plan on visiting St. Phillip's Church, since those visiting this area of the Virgin Islands will be pleased to have easy site access during their time there. With only a few hotels in the community within the vicinity of St. Phillip's Church, relatively little foot movement should be bargained on.

Hotels near St. Phillip's Church
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Fort Burt Hotel Hotel -- --
Mooring-Mariner Inn Hotel -- --
Maria Hotel by the Sea Hotel -- --
Prospect Reef Resort Resort -- --
Village Cay Resort & Marina Hotel -- --
Treasure Isle Hotel Hotel -- --

Location and What's Nearby

If you've worked up an appetite exploring the area and checking out this site, you're in luck, as you'll find a plentiful supply of dining possibilities within traveling distance. Brandywine Estate Restaurant, which serves Italian food, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Also close-by, you and your companions will encounter restaurants such as The Pub and Charlie’s where you and your party shouldn't leave without sampling their specialty, desserts, among others.


Operating Hours

There is no official schedule posted regarding operating hours because this structure is partially a part of nature now. Still, it is best to visit between sun up and sun down.


A visit to this powerful site is free.

Contact Information

Location: Off Blackburn Highway, Kingstown, Tortola


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