Landmarks on St. Thomas

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A tour of the landmarks on St. Thomas takes you through the history of the island, which dates back to well before its discovery to the Western world in 1662.  Not only can you learn about history, but you can view gorgeous yet outdated architecture, and find out why the culture of the island is so important to its people.

Museums

St. Thomas Historical Trust

Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To obtain complete information regarding each museum, click on the name.

One popular destination is St. Thomas Historical Trust. It is located within downtown Charlotte Amalie. Exhibits at the St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum include a collection of photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries, antique West Indian furniture, pirate and steam ship artifacts, and 100-year-old 3-D images. Guests will also be told about the 1867 tsunami that threatened the island.

Attractions Map

Many travelers also choose to visit Seven Arches Museum. It is located in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Seven Arches is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Haagensen House: Originally built towards the end of the 19th century, Haagensen House was owned by Danish businessman Hans Haagensen. Today, the building has been restored and features a number of items original to the home for visitors to enjoy.

The following table provides more information about some museums to choose from on St. Thomas.

Museums On St. Thomas
Name Phone Location
French Heritage Museum (340) 714-2583 0.6 mi. West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Haagensen House (340) 776-1234 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Seven Arches Museum (340) 774-9295 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas Historical Trust (340) 774-5541 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
The Virgin Island's Children's Museum (340) 643-0366 Downtown Charlotte Amalie

Historical Sites

Blackbeard's Castle

Do you enjoy learning some of the history of countries you visit? If that's the case, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites during your time on St. Thomas.

One popular destination is Memorial Moravian Church. It is located in Charlotte Amalie, in central St. Thomas. The church has office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm. There are also several services on Sunday.

Another landmark worth visiting is Blackbeard's Castle. It is located in Charlotte Amalie, in central St. Thomas. Skytsborg Historical Park, also known as Blackbeard's Castle, is one of five National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Legislature Building: The Legislature of the Virgin Islands is the official government of the US Virgin Islands, and the Legislature building is where they write, debate, and pass laws. As a US territory, their international laws are handled by the US Congress, but the majority of jurisdiction of local policy occurs here.

Be sure to look through this table for a listing of historical sites on the island.

Historic Sites On St. Thomas
Name Phone Location Island
All Saints Anglican Church (340) 774-0217 0.3 mi. North of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Blackbeard's Castle (340) 776-1234 0.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Bluebeard's Castle (340) 774-1600 0.5 mi. East of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul (340) 774-0201 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Creque Marine Slipway Ruins -- 0.5 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Crowell's Battery -- 1.0 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Dutch Reformed Church (340) 776-8255 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Fort Christian (340) 776-4566 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Fort Segarra -- 3.0 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Fort Shipley Ruins -- 0.5 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Fort Willoughy Ruins -- 1.0 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Frederick Lutheran Church (340) 776-1315 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Garrison House -- 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Hotel Ruins -- 2.7 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Legislature Building (340) 774-0880 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Liberty Bell -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Market Square -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Memorial Moravian Church (340) 776-0066 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Ninety-Nine Steps -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim (340) 774-4312 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers can explore some other interesting landmarks on and around St. Thomas.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Paradise Point Sky-Tram. It is located in Charlotte Amalie, in central St. Thomas. The Paradise Point Sky-Tram will save you aches and time as you effortlessly climb up the mountain to Paradise Point. While the peak mainly has only gift shops and other tourist oriented services, the view is alone worth the trip.

The following chart has more information on the other kinds of sites of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On and Near St. Thomas
Name Type Location Island
Buck Island Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie Buck Island
Paradise Point Sky-Tram Cable Car 1.0 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Fortunately, St. Thomas has other attractions. Take advantage of this article dedicated to even more attractions if you're seeking more facts.

 

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