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 learn about other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To read detailed information regarding each museum, click on the name.
A common landmark for vacationers is Wallblake House. It is located in the Valley, in central Anguilla. Wallblake House is the oldest and most intact plantation house on Anguilla, built in 1787. The entire complex of buildings is intact, including kitchens, worker's quarters and stables.
Another landmark worth visiting is 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 chart provides you with more details concerning some museums you might enjoy on Anguilla.
|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 historical roots of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites during your stay.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Old Factory. It is found within 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.
Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Warden's Place. It is located in 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.
Be sure to look at the following table to see 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|
Keep in mind that Anguilla has other attractions. Click on this link to find our guide to other interesting attractions for Anguilla.
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