St. Croix Landmarks

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A great getaway is made better as you come to understand the culture and history of your destination.  Sure, you can read up on the island of St. Croix before you arrive, but to really know what it's like to be a Crucian, make plans to tour landmarks that really tell a story.

Museums

Steeple Building

In case you like to explore other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on St. Croix. To get additional information about each museum, just click on the name.

A landmark worth visiting is Steeple Building. It is situated in downtown Christiansted. What began as a Lutheran Church is now a museum called the Steeple Building detailing, among other important topics, the history of the slave trade on St. Croix.

Attractions Map

Another common landmark for vacationers is St. Croix Archaeological Museum. It is located in downtown Christiansted. As a guest, you will be able to explore the museum and look at some of the artifacts, each with a placard that will tell you more about each piece. While it may not be the most exciting for small children, anyone interested in the past, especially the often overlooked history of the pre-Columbus Caribbean, is sure to enjoy their time here.

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts: Set in a historic building on the Frederiksted waterfront, the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) is not only a museum, but a cultural center at which local residents can enjoy arts and culture. Art classes are filled regularly, guest lecturers stop by for Q&As;, and many performances occur on CMCArts grounds.

The following table provides some key facts concerning some museums worth checking out on St. Croix.

Museums On St. Croix
Name Phone Location
Apothecary Hall (340) 772-0598 Downtown Christiansted
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (340) 772-2622 0.1 mi. West of Central Frederiksted
Estate Whim Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted
Lawaetz Family Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted
St. Croix Archaeological Museum (340) 277-4072 Downtown Christiansted
Steeple Building (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted

Historical Sites

Fort Frederik

If you like to experience the historical roots of a foreign country, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites during your stay.

One popular destination is Scale House. It is found in downtown Christiansted. While there are not many exhibits are attractions at the Scale House, visitors can ask some of the staff all the questions you have about the history of the city and island.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort Sale Ruins. It is located within St. Croix. Built in 1643 and abandoned in 1695, this triangular Dutch fort served four empires in its short history. Built by the Netherlands, it would later belong to the British, then the Spanish, and then finally the French who would abandon it.

Customs House: Built in 1841, the Customs House used to be the center for tax collection in the city. Later it would serve as a post office, then a library.

Take some time to look through the following table for a listing of historic sites on St. Croix.

Historic Sites On St. Croix
Name Phone Location
Cane Garden Sugarmill Ruins -- 2.9 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted
Coakley Bay Ruins -- 1.4 mi. West of Central Cotton Valley
Columbus Landing Site -- 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay
Customs House (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted
Estate Mount Washington Plantation (340) 772-1026 2.2 mi. North of Central Frederiksted
Fort Christiansted -- 0.2 mi. East of Downtown Christiansted
Fort Frederik (340) 772-2021 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted
Fort Sale Ruins (340) 773-1460 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay
Good Hope Plantation Ruins -- 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast
Government House (340) 773-1404 Downtown Christiansted
Longford Sugarmill Ruins -- 2.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted
Scale House (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted
The Lutheran Church (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers may experience some other worthwhile places worth visiting on the island.

If you want to observe the distillery process, consider heading to Cruzan Rum Factory. Tours are offered between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of living by the sea interest you, you should consider visiting Hams Bluff Lighthouse. Hams Bluff Light is less a tourist attractions and more an active lighthouse located on the side of a forested hill.

Point Udall Monument: Built in the year 2000 for the new millennium, the monument at Point Udall is a sundial, marking the first place the sun touches in the United States everyday.

The following table offers a few details regarding other kinds of sites of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On St. Croix
Name Type Location
Christiansted Boardwalk Scenic Trail Downtown Christiansted
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Lighthouse 0.9 mi. Northeast of Downtown Christiansted
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.3 mi. West of Central Cane Bay
Point Udall Monument Monument 1.7 mi. East of Central Knight

Fortunately, you can find a nice selection of kinds attractions available. You can read this article concerning even more attractions if you're interested in learning additional information.

 

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