Emilio Wilson Historic Park

Emilio Wilson Park sits on the grounds of what was once a sugar plantation kept in operation by slave labor. In 1954, Emilio Wilson, the grandson of a former slave, bought the property and opened it to the public as a park in memory of the slaves who made St. Martin what it was. Today, the property is controversial, but it remains open for recreational use.

Although the Emilio Wilson Park is a traditional park where you can picnic, run, and play, the grounds have also been transformed into a living museum. Reconstructed versions of the slave quarters, an outhouse, a watch house, and a school stand on the grounds, waiting to be explored by history buffs.


Situated in Saunders, 2.3 miles southeast of Marigot, Emilio Wilson Historic Park always welcomes local residents and tourists who are rooming in this neighborhood. Regardless of whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you are free to drop by to enjoy a great time. From this location, Philipsburg is a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) to the southeast.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of dining options to choose from in the community surrounding the park. KFC Daisy Road, which serves American fare, is also the most convenient dining option from the park. The restaurant is maybe about a half mile from the outdoor park, so stop in and peruse the menu. Also within reach, you and your group will have restaurants including Mark's Place and China Town Restaurant where you and your group will want to eat some Chinese dishes and experience the flavors of St. Martin.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who enjoy outdoor parks, and are interested in visiting others, should consider seeing Seaside Nature Park and Wathey Square; which are both within a car's reach of this page's park. Other kinds of nearby attractions include Mary's Fancy Plantation, which is a couple hundred yards away Saunders. Also, you might consider visiting St. Maarten Zoo, which is another attraction close by.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the most nearby attractions are in the following table.

Attractions Near Emilio Wilson Historic Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Mary's Fancy Plantation Other Activities/Excursions 0.1 mi. (2.5 km) SE Saunders
St. Maarten Zoo -- 1.1 mi. (1.5 km) E Philipsburg
Fort Willem I Historic Site 1.2 mi. (1.3 km) S Little Bay
Caribbean Cinemas Other Activities/Excursions -- -- Cole Bay
Philipsburg Theatres Other Activities/Excursions -- -- Philipsburg
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit Museum -- -- Philipsburg
The Salt Pickers Other Attraction 1.7 mi. (0.4 km) SE Philipsburg
Megaplex 7 Other Activities/Excursions 1.8 mi. (1.7 km) SW 1.0 mi. Southeast of Simpson Bay

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