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.


Located in Saunders, 2.3 miles southeast of Marigot, Emilio Wilson Historic Park always welcomes visitors who are lodging in this neighborhood or the surrounding area. Regardless of whether or not you're staying nearby, you should think about stopping by to enjoy a great time. It's 1.7 miles northwest of Philipsburg.

Nearby Restaurants

If you are hungry after visiting the park it won't be a problem -- you'll find a wide variety of local restaurants in the general vicinity. The closest restaurant to Emilio Wilson Historic Park is KFC Daisy Road, which offers American food. The restaurant is a small distance off, but out of the way enough that you will probably want to arrange for using a viable mode of transportation to get there. Also close-by, you will have options like Mark's Place and China Town Restaurant where you should be sure to try out Chinese fare and enjoy the St. Martin scene.

Nearby Attractions

Those who enjoy outdoor parks, and are interested in visiting others, might check out Seaside Nature Park and Wathey Square; which are both a little ways off, but within reach if you've got a car. Other types of nearby activities include Mary's Fancy Plantation, which is a couple hundred yards away Saunders. Also, you might consider heading to St. Maarten Zoo, which is another attraction not far away.

If a visit to the Emilio Wilson Historic Park isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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
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
Caribbean Cinemas - St. Maarten Megaplex 7 Other Activities/Excursions 1.8 mi. (1.7 km) SW 1.0 mi. Southeast of Simpson Bay

More Information

Location: Saunders, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten


(721) 553-8422


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.