Fort Christiansvaern, St. Croix

#1 of 34 in Historic Sites in U.S. Virgin Islands
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Visit Fort Christiansvaern, one of five historical structures highlighting urban colonial development on the islands. Built in 1749 and partially reconstructed after hurricane damage later in the century, the stronghold's yellow walls and green window frames look evocative and palatial against the island backdrop. A fine example of Danish colonial military architecture, the fort protected the colonists from pirates, hurricanes, and slave revolts. After 1878, it served as a prison and courthouse; today, you can visit its interesting, informative museum and tour its rooms, courtyard, and dungeons. For travelers who use our international travel planner, St. Croix holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fort Christiansvaern and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Really good. Enjoyed the educational plaques and history of the island. So glad we took the best part of an hour to really read and learn about the island. This was our first trip to St. Croix.  more »
  • The people of the USVI and the National park service take great pride in the upkeep of this historic fort. The history and views are worth the visit!  more »
  • Great place to explore for an hour or two. I was surprised to learn that Alexander Hamilton’s mother was a prisoner at this fort. After touring the facility, can not imagine how uncomfortable the conditions were for the prisoners.
  • So much fun! Levi was really knowledgeable and friendly. Wish we were back on the islands now.

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