Landmarks on St. Croix

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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

If you enjoy learning about other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on St. Croix. To get more information regarding each museum, try clicking on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Steeple Building. It is located within 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 common landmark for vacationers is Lawaetz Family Museum. It is Frederiksted Southeast, in western St. Croix. For more than 120 years, a prominent Dutch family has owned the beautiful white plantation home that is the Lawaetz Family Museum. The family opened the building to the public over a decade ago, sharing their interesting history with visitors.

St. Croix Archaeological Museum: 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.

The following chart shows more details on 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) 514-0312 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

In case you like to explore the historical roots of a foreign place, you might want to visit some of these historical sites during your time on St. Croix.

A landmark worth visiting is Scale House. It is situated in downtown Christiansted. Since 1856, ships carrying trade through the port in Christiansted would be inspected by this early weight station, similar to the ones that can be seen for trucks on the highway.

Another popular destination is Fort Sale Ruins. It is situated on St. Croix. Visitors to the ruins will be able to explore the area and read informational signs to learn more about the fort that once stood here.

Customs House: Although the Customs House is closed to the public, it is popular amongst tourists who can't seem to get over the architectural beauty. This spot is often filled with visitors snapping pictures on the sweeping staircase that leads to the entrance.

Take a look at the following table for more information on historic sites on the island.

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 will enjoy some other intriguing places worth visiting on St. Croix.

If you'd like to learn more about the distillery process, consider visiting Cruzan Rum Factory. One of the most well known brands of rum in the world has its home in the Virgin Islands -- Cruzan. Visitors are welcome to tour the factory and learn how rum is made now and how it has been made in eras long passed.

Many travelers also choose to visit Point Udall Monument. It is East End, in eastern St. Croix. 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.

Hams Bluff Lighthouse: First lit in 1915 under the Danish Government, Hams Bluff Light is still in service, lighting the night sky for sailors approaching the island in the dark.

The chart right below enables you to get some 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
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.3 mi. West of Central Cane Bay
Point Udall Monument Monument 1.7 mi. East of Central Knight

Luckily, you will find other attraction types available too. Those needing to find more details about other attractions here.

 

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