Landmarks in St. Martin

St. Martin's landmarks are all about island history

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If you want to explore all that this dual-nation island has to offer, you're in luck.  The lack of border control means that even if you are staying on the French side of St. Martin, you can make stops at every location on the Dutch side, of St. Maarten and vice versa.

To really get a feel for what it means that two nations live together peacefully on one small island, take a trip to Concordia Hill. This is the location where the treaty was signed in 1648, giving the French and Dutch joint control of the island.

Museums

In case you like to explore other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in St. Martin. To learn detailed information concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.

Musée de Saint-Martin is a museum The first showroom features an exhibit on the life of the Arawak Indians, and includes artifacts excavated from historic settlement areas. The most impressive of these artifacts is a molding of a Indian burial dated to 450 AD.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is The Old House. It is located within St. Martin. While the Museum is closed on Monday and Saturday, it is open on the other five days of the week from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Musee Des Coquillages: The museum is open during the week from 10:00am until 6:00pm, with a two hour break starting at noon. On the weekend, the museum is only open from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

The following table summarizes a few details concerning some museums you might enjoy in the area.

Museums In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
Cultural Center Grand Case -- Grand-Case, 2.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin
Marigot Musee (059) 029-2284 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Musee Des Coquillages (059) 053-7531 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Musée de Saint-Martin (059) 029-4836 Downtown Marigot, 1.2 mi. West of Central St. Martin
The Old House (059) 087-3284 La Croisade, 2.6 mi. East of Central St. Martin

Historical Sites

Fort Louis

In case you like to experience the history of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions during your time in St. Martin.

Many travelers choose to visit Durat Bridge. It is found within the heart of St. Martin. Named after the famous governor of the island, Durat Bridge was essential in connecting Marigot with the Northernmost part of the island and specifically to the village that is known today as Grand Case.

Many travelers also choose to visit Old Prison. It is found within downtown Marigot. For many years, the Old Prison of Marigot held the prisoners of the island who committed various crimes. The prison's role changed however in 1968, when the building was converted into a fire station and the prisoners transferred to a newer site.

Mount Vernon Plantation: In addition to being home to a variety of fruit trees and some sugar cane, Mount Vernon Plantation is also the home to some old mill buildings that are a rare feature on the island. These humble buildings once served as the backbone to the entire St. Martin economy for decades, producing the products that made this island so lucrative to the European colonial powers.

Check out the following table to find out more about historical sites in the area.

Historic Sites In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
Border Obelisk -- Marigot, 1.8 mi. South West of Central St. Martin
Durat Bridge -- Central St. Martin
Fort Louis -- Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Hope Estate Archeological Site -- Central St. Martin
Mount Vernon Plantation (059) 029-5062 2.6 mi. East of Central St. Martin
Old Prison -- Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Spring Sugar Mill -- Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin

If you are looking for a wider variety of attractions beyond the category on this page, you might want to cast a wider net. To reach our guide to other attractions, read this page.

Of course, if you head over to St. Maarten, you'll find a whole collection of additional landmarks, including Fort Amsterdam, Wathley Square, and the St. Martin Museum.

Take advantage of your trip to St. Martin by learning about both French and Dutch culture.  Still, if you choose to stick strictly on the French side there is plenty to keep you busy.

Take advantage of your trip to St. Martin/St. Maarten by learning about both French and Dutch culture. From the first Dutch fort in the Caribbean to a historic plantation on the French side, there is plenty to see on the island.

 

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