Anguilla is more than resort hotels and beautiful beaches. There is a culture and a history on the island that tourists would be sorry if they missed out on. Learning about the island is as simple as visiting a few local landmarks.
It is not the historical significance, or stories of martyrs that draws visitors to the churches of Anguilla. Instead, it is the architecture that attracts on-lookers. Many of the island's tourists don't seek out the churches, but once you notice one, you begin to take note of the others.
The Bethel Methodist Church in Sandy Ground is an excellent example of Anguillan stonework, and the stained glass windows are a work of art. In The Valley, the three arches on the front of St. Gerard's Catholic Church, and the colorful collection of stonework that covers them are simply breathtaking.
Anguilla's Sombrero Island is home to the Sombrero Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built originally in 1868, but had to be rebuilt in 1962 after it was destroyed during Hurricane Donna. Sombrero Lighthouse is something of a national treasure, having consistently appeared on Anguilla stamps since the 1950s.
Assuming you like to explore other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on Anguilla. To read detailed information about each museum, just click on the name.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Wallblake House. It is found in the Valley, in central Anguilla. Tour hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10:00 am - Noon.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Heritage Museum Collection. It is Island Harbour, in northeastern Anguilla. Now a site of historical significance that is part of the Anguilla Heritage Trail, this private museum is run by a local writer who is also a huge wealth of knowledge regarding history and culture of the island. The property details the fascinating history of the island's people, from the British settlement and importation of slaves to averting plans to depopulate the island.
The following table has more information on a few the museums available on the island.
|Heritage Museum Collection||(264) 235-7440||1.1 mi. North of Central East End|
|Wallblake House||(264) 497-6613||The Valley, Central Anguilla|
If you like to immerse yourself in the history of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions while on vacation in Anguilla.
A landmark worth visiting is Old Factory. It is located in the Valley, in central Anguilla. While most of the original ginning machinery was lost after the Old Factory was closed, what remains has been put on display for guests visiting the Tourist Office to peruse.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Warden's Place. It is found within central Anguilla. Just like many of the Caribbean Islands, Anguilla depended, in part, on the sugar trade. Warden's Place was once a sugar plantation that was built in the 1790's.
Old Fort at Sandy Hill: Overlooking Sandy Hill Bay, this old fort was the colonist and British took their final stand against an invading French Force in 1796. In the end, the French were defeated and thanks to "The Battle of Anguilla", the island remained part of the British Empire.
Take a look at the table below for more information about sites of historical interest on the island.
|Old Factory||(264) 497-2759||The Valley, Central Anguilla|
|Old Fort at Sandy Hill||--||1.8 mi. South West of Central East End|
|Old Salt Factory and Pump House||(264) 497-2711||Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla|
|Warden's Place||(264) 497-2930||Central Anguilla|
Guests will experience some other worthwhile places worth visiting on the island.
The following chart offers more details on other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.
|Attraction||0.5 mi. South of Central Blowing Point|
|Attraction||0.9 mi. Southeast of Central Meads Bay|
Keep in mind, you can find a nice selection of kinds attractions available. Take advantage of this page which is all about even more attractions if you want to find out additional details.
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