Christiansted National Historic Site

Christiansted National Historic Site

Quick Facts

Christiansted National Historic Site

Virgin Islands

(340) 773-1460

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Things To Do

Overview

Christiansted National Historic Site was established in 1952 through the initiative of concerned local citizens. The parks mandate is twofold - to preserve the historic structure and grounds within its boundaries, and to interpret the Danish economy and way of life here between 1733 and 1917. The park consists of seven acres centered on the Christiansted waterfront/wharf area. On the grounds are five historic structures: Fort Christiansvaern (1738), the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse (1749), the Steeple Building (1753), Danish Custom House (1844), and the Scale House (1856). The National Park Service uses these resources to interpret the drama and diversity of the human experience at Christiansted during Danish sovereignty, colonial administration, the military and naval establishment, international trade (including the slave trade), religious diversity, architecture, trades, and crime and punishment. You are invite you to explore this unique part of America's heritage!

Map of Christiansted

Latitude, Longitude: 17.747563, -64.698594

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is permitted.

  • Historic Sites

    Using self-guided brochures, you can tour the museums at Fort Christianvaern, the Steeple Building and the Scale House located at the Christiansted National Historical Site. Visit the Bookstore in the old Scale House to purchase books, postcards, and educational materials. Ranger-guided tours may be available for groups or individuals. Ask at the visitor contact station at Fort Christianvaern.

  • Picnicking

    Walk around the grounds, have a picnic lunch at the picnic tables provided or just sit on a park bench enjoying the Caribbean breeze and view of the sea.

  • Water Sports

    Watersports include boating.

Seasonality/Weather

The site is open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.. daily. The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. The park is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Directions

Driving

From the airport take the Melvin Evans Highway Route 66 east to Route 70 east into the historic town of Christiansted. The park is located at the bottom of King Street.

Flying

The islands are reached by several airlines and cruise ships. The St Croix airport is known as the Henry E. Rohlesen Airport. Car rental is available from the several major companies.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(340) 773-1460

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