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    Cruzan Rum Factory

    by steph4867 Written Mar 12, 2003

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    This factory distills the famous Virgin Islands rum, which some consider the finest in the world. Guided tours (including a mixed drink) depart from the visitor's' pavilion; call for reservations and information. There's also a gift shop.

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    Estate Mount Washington Plantation

    by steph4867 Written Mar 12, 2003

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    This is the island's best-preserved sugar plantation and a highlight along the St. Croix Heritage Trail. It flourished from 1780 to 1820 when St. Croix was the second largest producer of sugar in the West Indies. The on-site private residence is closed to the public, but you can go on a self-guided tour of the 13 acres at any time of the day you wish (there is no admission charge, although donations are appreciated). You'll see what is the best antiques store on St. Croix.

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    Whim Plantation Museum

    by steph4867 Written Mar 12, 2003

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    This restored Great House is unique among those of the many sugar plantations whose ruins dot the island of St. Croix. It's composed of only three rooms. With 3-foot-thick walls made of stone, coral, and molasses, the house resembles a luxurious European château. A division of Baker Furniture Company used the Whim Plantation's collection of models for one of its most successful reproductions, the "Whim Museum--West Indies Collection." A showroom in the museum sells these reproductions, plus others from the Caribbean, including pineapple-motif four-poster beds, cane-bottomed planters' chairs with built-in leg rests, and Caribbean adaptations of Empire-era chairs with cane-bottomed seats.

    Also on the museum's premises is a woodworking shop (which features tools and exhibits on techniques from the 18th century), the estate's original kitchen (where you can get a fresh-made johnnycake for $1), a museum store, and a servant's quarters. The ruins of the plantation's sugar-processing plant, complete with a restored windmill, also remain.

    A display at Estate Whim Plantation.
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    St. George Village Botanical Garden

    by steph4867 Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    This is a 16-acre Eden of tropical trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers. The garden is a feast for the eye and the camera, from the entrance drive bordered by royal palms and bougainvillea to the towering kapok and tamarind trees. It was built around the ruins of a 19th-century sugarcane workers' village. There are rest rooms and a gift shop. Self-guided walking-tour maps are available at the entrance to the garden's great hall.

    St. George Botanical Garden.
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    Smugglers and pirates...

    by AndreasK Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Smugglers and pirates necessitated the construction of Fort Frederik in 1752. The city was destroyed by fire in 1758, and rebuilt in the Victorian style of the era. The Fort has been restored in brick red and white, to the way it looked in 1840.

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    Steeple Building

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 6, 2010

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    I visited this building because it had a sign on it saying that it was a part of the Historic Sites and was listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks. Inside was a man who said he was a volunteer, and that the building was originally the Dane's Lutheran Church of Lord God and Saboath -built between 1750 and 1753. It was St Croix's first house of worship. The Georgian steeple (where the Steeple Building name came from) was added in the early 1800s. The building has been modified several times and has had various uses, first as a military bakery in 1831, and then as a hospital and school.

    The National Park Service Museum which is inside has exhibits of the life in historic St Croix. There is a model of a working sugar plantation, Taíno artifacts and agricultural exhibits.

    A chronology of the history of Africans in the Virgin Islands is also featured, as well as the history of the diverse architectural styles used on St Croix throughout the centuries.

    Steeple Building Formerly Lutheran Church of Lord God and Saboath Balcony of the church Former graveyard next to the Steeple Building
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    Danish Custom House

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 6, 2010

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    I didn't realize that this building was anything special until I got home because I didn't go over and look at the signs on it.

    This is actually where merchants went to pay their taxes after they had goods weighed at the scale house. This building is a mix of European and island style. The graceful 16-step staircase was a typical Danish feature, but the green hurricane shutters are a Caribbean addition to protect the building from hurricane damage.

    The Customs House dates back to 1734 when it was a single-story bookkeepers’ residence. The second story was added, along with other renovations, in 1830. Somewhere I read that this is now a library

    Danish Customs House End of stairway and Gazebo Fort from the end of the Customs House Stairway Another view of the side of the stairway Street side
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    SCUBA diving is amazing

    by Pattons Written Feb 4, 2006

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    St. Croix offers a variety of exciting and beautiful dives. There are wreck dives, wall dives, shallow dives, and a pier dive. The marine life is abundant, rays, turtles, eels, parrot fish and much more. The corals are colorful and you feel like you are gliding through an underwater garden in some areas. There are many dive shops that are PADI rated. We recommend Dive Experience in Christiansted and Anchor Dive in Salt River.

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    Buck Island National Park

    by Pattons Updated Feb 18, 2006

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    This is a must see for visitors. Take one of the day tours from Christiansted, like Big Beard or Mile Mark. They offer full and half day sails to Buck Island. The beach there is spectacular, and there is an underwater snorkel trail that is marked with the names of the various marine life. From the water the views of St. Croix are outstanding and will give you a greater appreciation for the size and beauty of the island.

    On the way to Buck Island
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    National Historic Site Visits

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 6, 2010

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    I did not realize that there was a National Park site in Christiansted. Had I known, I would have brought my Golden Passport (which allows senior citizens free admission to National Parks) nor did I bring the National Park passport to get stamps for the sites I have visited.

    This park consists of seven acres on the Christiansted waterfront. Most of the buildings included in the Historic Site are painted yellow. There are five historic structures which are tasked with interpreting the Danish economy and way of life in existence there from 1733 to 1917:

    1) Fort Christiansvaern (1738), (admission without the Golden Passport is $3 for adults)
    2) The Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse (1749),
    3) Danish Custom House (1844) which is now a library
    4) Scale House (1856) which houses the Visitor's Center and bookstore and something that they call
    5) The Steeple Building (1753) which was a Lutheran Church originally.

    We did not visit Fort Chistiansvaern - we only took photos.

    According to information on the Historic Site, the fort was constructed between 1738 and 1749 from yellow Danish brick - it is the oldest structure in the group of five that constitute the Historic Site. It was called Fort Christiansvaern meaning Christian's Defences. This is the best preserved of the five Danish forts in the West Indies, and includes cannoned ramparts surrounding a central courtyard, prison cells, dungeons, a kitchen and soldiers quarters furnished in period décor. There is also a small military museum .

    The fort was built to protect the colony from the onslaught of pirates, hurricanes and slave revolts, but the cannons have never been fired in armed conflict. Danish soldiers were stationed here until 1878. After 1878 the fort served as an island courthouse and prison.

    I will write up the Steeple Building (which is free with the Fort admission) and the Scale House separately.

    Entrance to the fort with red sentry box Fort Christiansvaern Cannon at the fort Fort Christiansvaern View from the Steeple House window
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    Scale House

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 6, 2010

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    When I saw that there was a National Park Service Visitor's Center, I went over to look. I didn't buy any books, but I did look at the exhibits (photo 3).

    Like the other buildings at the site, this one was built from yellow-masonry. The two-story hipped-roof Old Danish Scale House was built in 1856 as a Danish weighing station for sugar exports, as well as imports that arrived in St Croix. Today in addition to being the Visitor's Center, the scales and the weigh-master's office can be seen. The building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks.

    Scale House The other end of Scale House Exhibit of seeds and fruit Entrance to the bookstore Bookshelf in the corner of the Visitor's Center
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  • SCUBA diving

    by lewatts Written Jul 18, 2007

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    If you're certified, take a dive trip with Dive Experience (downtown Christiansted). We loved our dive guides, and everyone at the shop was ultra helpful. We did 4 dives while we were there, and we saw moray eels, baracuda, huge stingray, and a sea turtle. It was certainly an adventure we'll remember.

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  • Horseback Riding

    by lewatts Written Jul 18, 2007

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    We went horseback riding with Equus and loved it. We rode along the beach and into the water, and Steve even showed us a rodeo trick. We had a group of riders from beginners to practically pro, and Steve took great care to fit us with a horse that was compatible.

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  • Crab races

    by lewatts Written Jul 18, 2007

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    Monday night crab races at the Brew Pub are interesting. Kids and adults pick and name a crab ($2/each) to see who wins in one of eight legs. Sadly, we never placed. They have the races at other places on Wednesdays and Fridays, but heard that Mondays are the best.

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    Big Beard's Snorkeling Trips

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 9, 2015

    The girl at the hotel said that Big Beard had the best snorkeling trips to Buck Island, because snorkeling there was one of the things I really wanted to do. So I made reservations over the phone to go tomorrow noon to 3:30 - a half day tour with Big Beard. (The guy that I think is the owner has a beautiful white Santa Claus beard but I didn't get a photo of him)

    First problem - where is it? Brochure said it was on Queen Cross Street, but there's more than one of them. Tried with all the maps I have on the computer and kept getting a hotel. Called and asked and she gave me directions so I was fairly sure where it was.

    We were to sign in by noon. So Bob wanted to leave at 11:00 even though it wouldn't take very long to get there. We were WAAY early. Bob dropped me off, and I paid and he parked. I sat in one of the two chairs in the shop and waited..

    Bob had parked in a lot that closed at 3:30 not realizing that we weren't going to be back until after the time that the lot would be locked. So he went back to get the car and found a place on the street. When cruise ships are in, the afternoon tours come back at 3:30 so the cruise ship people can make it back to the ship . And the morning cruise gets back a little late same reason

    The morning cruise looked full, but there were only six of us in the afternoon. A couple currently living in Orlando that were on Jewel of the Seas and a pair of ladies who were friends of the owner's wife. They don't go if there are less than six people.

    The captain went over the safety procedures. They supply all the equipment, snorkel vests, mask, snorkel and fins.

    Captain of the boat Dressing room at the shop Gabe - the mate on the boat Gabe with the snorkeling vests Buck Island from the boat
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