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

Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on St. Croix. Just click on each place's name to see detailed information.

A common landmark for vacationers is Steeple Building. It is situated in downtown Christiansted. Exhibits at the Steeple Building include ancient Indian artifacts, Victorian and Danish architecture, and a study of the plantation era with a great deal of emphasis on the slave industry.

Attractions Map

Another landmark worth visiting is St. Croix Archaeological Museum. It is located in downtown Christiansted. Preserving the history of St. Croix, this Archaeological Museum is where the historians and archaeologist place the artifacts and treasures of St. Croix's past. Through these relics, archaeologist and anthropologist are able the figure out how they lived, and help assemble a complete picture of the past.

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts: CMCArts strives to collect and preserve original Caribbean artwork for locals as well as tourists to enjoy.

The following chart lists a few details regarding museums you might enjoy on the island.

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

Enjoy exploring the historical roots of foreign countries? If yes, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites during your vacation.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Scale House. It is located 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 found 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.

You can look through the following table for more information about 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

Guests can enjoy some other intriguing local landmarks on the island.

If you'd like to observe the distillery process, you might enjoy a visit to Cruzan Rum Factory. Guided tours of the factory take guests through the grounds, with a focus on the old windmill, while the tour guide educated guests about the history of rum distillation. A complimentary drink completed the tour.

Additionally, if the nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea interest you, you might enjoy 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: Visitors that take the time to visit Point Udall will be able to see the the large sundial and look out East and take in the view. While technically not at eastern most point in the US (a place in Alaska actually claims that), it is humbling to look out east knowing that the United States ends here.

The table below provides you with more details concerning other kinds of attractions of interest to vacationers.

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

Keep in mind, you'll find additional types of attractions. To find out about other other attractions for St. Croix, go to this page.

 

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