We would not be exaggerating by saying that just about every where you look on St. Croix, you are likely to see historic sites. Seven different flags have flown since Columbus’ 1493 landing in Salt River, perhaps as the first European tourist to visit our “American Paradise”. The first settlers of St. Croix were the Igneri, Taino, and Carib Indians, predating Columbus’ visit by centuries. Many of St. Croix’s guided tours are designed to teach you about St. Croix’s historic sites. Here are a few places that offer great historic perspective on St. Croix.
A Unique View of the Danish West Indian Life of the Early 1900s! Nestled in a valley northeast of Frederiksted, the Lawaetz Museum’s 18-century estate house, with its accompanying ruins and rambling garden, has a charming old-island quality. Converted from a sugar plantation into a dairy ranch in the late 1890′s by a Danish farmer and occupied by his descendants for the last 100 years, it houses characteristic and unusual antique furnishings and heirlooms, providing a unique view of Danish West Indian life in the early 1900′s.
Explore St. Croix’s Botanical Life on this Historic Estate! St. George Village Botanical Garden is dedicated to conservation and preservation of both the historical and living collections on its grounds. The Garden’s mission is to conserve the native plant species of St. Croix, as well as threatened species of other Caribbean islands suited to local environmental conditions. In addition, the Garden preserves the ethno-botanical history of St. Croix through living, graphic and structural displays. Through its gardens and collections, it is a center of education for better understanding, not only of the island’s botanical heritage, but also the horticultural potential for contemporary gardening in the Virgin Islands.
Cruzan Rum – Welcome to the Don’t Hurry. The Cruzan Rum Distillery welcomes you to come visit our “Don’t Hurry” atmosphere. Learn how to create delicious cocktails and relax island style! The Visitors’ Pavilion houses the Gift Shop & Rum Boutique, in addition to our tasting bar. This guided walking tour takes you on the aromatic journey of turning molasses into rum at the only still functioning historic distillery site in the Virgin Islands. Our hours are 9 – 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and 10 – 2 pm on Saturdays. We are open on Sundays, 10 – 2 pm, when a cruise ship is in port. Tours leave every » read more »
Take a Look into St. Croix’s History at this Authentic Danish Plantation Museum! Whim Plantation Museum, an authentic Danish sugar estate dating from the 1700′s offers an unforgettable glimpse into the days when sugar was King and rum ruled The Caribbean. Tour the elegantly furnished great house, explore sugar factory ruins, and roam the grounds. There is also a museum store with a large selection of West Indian crafts, furniture, prints and souvenirs.
A Self-Guided Driving Tour of St. Croix’s Major Historic Attractions! The St. Croix Heritage Trail is a self guided driving tour of the island’s historic sites and natural areas. The trail provides linkages between many of St. Croix’s major historic attractions such as Whim Plantation Museum, St. George Village Botanical Gardens, and Christiansted Historic Sites as well as several plantation ruins. Natural areas and bird watching locales are depicted on the comprehensive map. Plans call for the development of pullovers and overlooks with further interpretation through signs and wayside exhibits. An information packed brochure with a detailed map is available for a small fee at many hotels, car rental agencies » read more »