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

Consider staying in Kingstown if you plan on visiting St. Phillip's Church, since those visiting this region of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have easy access to this historic attraction during their time there. The area around this site remains relatively quiet, perhaps because there aren't many hotels close.

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

Historic site guests will have no problem finding a meal, since there is a broad selection of food and drink options within traveling distance. The closest restaurant is Brandywine Estate Restaurant, which serves Italian meals. Also within reach, you and your party will come across eateries like The Pub and Charlie’s where you and your party shouldn't leave without taking a bite of 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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