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  Not only can you learn about history, but you can view gorgeous yet outdated architecture, and find out why the culture of the island is so important to its people.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 enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. To obtain complete information about each museum, click on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit St. Thomas Historical Trust. It is found 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

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Seven Arches Museum. It is found in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Restored to resemble the home as it was set up by the original owners, guests who tour Seven Arches will be transported back in time to the mid-19th century.

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 table right below summarizes some key facts concerning some museums you might enjoy 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

If you enjoy exploring the historical roots of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions while on vacation on St. Thomas.

One popular destination is Memorial Moravian Church. It is found within Charlotte Amalie, in central St. Thomas. This memorial-church was built to honor a century and a half history of the Moravian denomination in the USVI, a protestant form that dates back to the Holy Roman Empire in 1457.

Another landmark worth visiting is Blackbeard's Castle. It is found within Charlotte Amalie, in central St. Thomas. The castle is open to visitors on Tuesday and Wednesdays, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm during the high season (October through May).

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.

You can look through the following table to find out more about sites of historical interest 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

Visitors can discover some other intriguing places worth visiting on and around the island.

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 chart just below has more details concerning other kinds of attractions 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, you'll be able to find other kinds attractions available. Those wanting to get more information concerning other attractions by visiting this page.

 

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