Landmarks in the USVI

The Virgin Islands are home to numerous attractions worth visiting

Photo credit: © U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
 

A tour of the important landmarks of the Virgin Islands offers vacationers a glimpse into life on the islands since European settlement began – and in some cases even earlier than that.

Visiting these sites can provide a welcome break from relaxing on the beach for those vacationers who have the urge to get up and go, on top off offering a chance to add a little educational value to your trip.

Museums

Steeple Building

If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in the USVI. To see complete information regarding each museum, try clicking on the name.

Many travelers choose to visit Steeple Building. It is found in downtown Christiansted. What began as a Lutheran Church is now a museum called the Steeple Building detailing, among other important topics, the history of the slave trade on St. Croix.

Another common landmark for vacationers is St. Thomas Historical Trust. It is located in downtown Charlotte Amalie. The St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum is a small museum set by the St. Thomas Historical Trust as their physical head quarters. Here, visitors may catch a glimpse of the island's history or arrange for a guided tour from dedicated trust members.

Seven Arches Museum: 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.

The chart below has some details concerning some museums worth checking out in the area.

Museums In the USVI
Name Phone Location Island
Apothecary Hall (340) 772-0598 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (340) 772-2622 0.1 mi. West of Central Frederiksted St. Croix
Estate Whim Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted St. Croix
French Heritage Museum (340) 714-2583 0.9 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Haagensen House (340) 776-1234 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Ivan Jadan Museum (340) 776-6423 Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Lawaetz Family Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted St. Croix
Seven Arches Museum (340) 774-9295 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
St. Croix Archaeological Museum (340) 277-4072 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
St. Thomas Historical Trust (340) 774-5541 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Steeple Building (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
The Virgin Island's Children's Museum (340) 643-0366 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Historical Sites

Blackbeard's Castle

If you enjoy learning about the history of foreign countries, you might want to visit one or two of these historical sites during your stay.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Blackbeard's Castle. It is Charlotte Amalie, in northern the USVI. 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).

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Bluebeard's Castle. It is Charlotte Amalie, in northern the USVI. Named for an infamous pirate, Bluebeard's Castle was built in 1689 by the Danes as a fortress. Now, the castle stands on the property of a time share resort of the same name, as a landmark with little use outside of its historic beauty and majesty.

Fort Shipley Ruins: Built during the British Occupation, Fort Shirley was meant to fortify the harbour and secure British Naval Supremacy. However, in time the fort would find itself slowly crumbling and forgotten.

Look through the table below to find out more about historic sites in the area.

Historic Sites In the USVI
Name Phone Location Island
All Saints Anglican Church (340) 774-0217 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
America Hill Ruins -- 3.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Annaberg Plantation (340) 776-6201 ext. 238 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay St. John
Blackbeard's Castle (340) 776-1234 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Bluebeard's Castle (340) 774-1600 0.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Cane Garden Sugarmill Ruins -- 2.9 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul (340) 774-0201 0.6 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Catherineberg Ruins -- 2.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins (340) 776-6201 3.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Coakley Bay Ruins -- 1.4 mi. West of Central Cotton Valley St. Croix
Columbus Landing Site -- 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay St. Croix
Creque Marine Slipway Ruins -- 0.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Crowell's Battery -- 1.1 mi. South of Central Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Cruz Bay Battery -- Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Customs House (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Denis Bay Ruins -- 1.9 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Dutch Reformed Church (340) 776-8255 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Emmaus Moravian Church (340) 776-6713 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Coral Bay St. John
Estate Mount Washington Plantation (340) 772-1026 2.2 mi. North of Central Frederiksted St. Croix
Fort Christian (340) 776-4566 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Fort Christiansted -- 0.2 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Fort Frederik (340) 772-2021 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted St. Croix
Fort Sale Ruins (340) 773-1460 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay St. Croix
Fort Segarra -- 3.0 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Fort Shipley Ruins -- 0.7 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Fort Willoughy Ruins -- 1.0 mi. South of Central Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Fortsburg Ruins -- 0.6 mi. East of Central Coral Bay St. John
Frederick Lutheran Church (340) 776-1315 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins -- 3.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Caneel Bay St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins -- 1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay St. John
Garrison House -- 1.0 mi. South of Central Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Good Hope Plantation Ruins -- 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast St. Croix
Government House (340) 773-1404 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Hotel Ruins -- 2.7 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Lameshur Bay Ruins -- 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Coral Bay St. John
Legislature Building (340) 774-0880 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Liberty Bell -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Longford Sugarmill Ruins -- 2.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Market Square -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Memorial Moravian Church (340) 776-0066 0.1 mi. North of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Ninety-Nine Steps -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Par Force Estate Ruins -- 1.9 mi. South West of Central Coral Bay St. John
Petroglyphs (340) 776-6201 ext. 238 3.3 mi. East of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Rebellion Gut -- 1.9 mi. East of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins -- 3.5 mi. East of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Scale House (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim (340) 774-4312 Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
The Lutheran Church (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Windberg Ruins -- 1.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Coral Bay St. John

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors can experience some other worthwhile local landmarks in the USVI.

If you'd like to learn more about the distillery process, consider visiting Cruzan Rum Factory. Guided tours of the factory take guests through the grounds, with a focus on the old windmill, while the tour guide educated guests about the history of rum distillation. A complimentary drink completed the tour.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Point Udall Monument. It is East End, in southeastern the USVI. Built in the year 2000 for the new millennium, the monument at Point Udall is a sundial, marking the first place the sun touches in the United States everyday.

Hams Bluff Lighthouse: First lit in 1915 under the Danish Government, Hams Bluff Light is still in service, lighting the night sky for sailors approaching the island in the dark.

The chart directly below lists more information about other kinds of places of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In the USVI
Name Type Location Island
Buck Island Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie Buck Island
Christiansted Boardwalk Scenic Trail Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast St. Croix
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.3 mi. West of Central Cane Bay St. Croix
Paradise Point Sky-Tram Cable Car Charlotte Amalie, Northern part of the USVI St. Thomas
Point Udall Monument Monument 1.7 mi. East of Central Knight St. Croix

If you would prefer having a wider selection of attractions beyond the category on this page, you should consider other locations. For more information about other attractions, follow this link.

Religious Sites

After slavery was abolished in the Virgin Islands in 1848, the All Saints Anglican Church (St. Thomas, USVI) was erected in celebration. Not only is the church an important landmark due to its age, but also because each stone that went into creating the structure came from rock quarried on the island, and bricks left on the island by merchants of the time who used the yellow stone as ballast. The church is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The center of Catholicism in the Virgin Islands is the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul on St. Thomas, USVI. The cathedral was built in 1848, and is famed for the murals that cover the walls and ceiling. They were painted in 1899 by Father Leo Servais and Brother Ildephonsus, two Belgian artists.

Standing as a symbol of faith's resilience is the Dutch Reformed Church on St. Thomas, USVI. The church was originally built in 1744, but has been twice rebuilt after a fire and a hurricane destroyed the structure's stability. The church is open to the public between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, however, the doors are sometimes kept locked, so you would be smart to call ahead at 340-776-8255 to let them know you are coming.

Other historic churches on St. Thomas, USVI worth visiting are the Frederick Lutheran Church, Memorial Moravian Church, andSynagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim. Each has its own unique history, but are especially enjoyable for those who appreciate architecture.

With so much to see and do in the Virgin Islands, you can keep your vacation schedule packed full of attractions to see. Create a list and check them off as you go to ensure you make the most of your island vacation.

 

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