History now meets technology at the Christiansted National Historic Site. The National Park Service here on St. Croix has released a FREE mobile phone application (app) that provides General Information, Points of Interest, History & Culture, Rules & Regulations, Current Weather, and more for the national parks of St. Croix. Even better, the app is being updated to add a Historic Walking Tours feature for several historic areas in Christiansted.
The Christiansted National Historic Site is comprised of six acres with seven buildings, all built between 1744 and 1856: Fort Christiansvaern, The Steeple Building, The Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse, the Customs House, the Scale House, the Government House, and the Lutheran Church. You can take a free walking tour around the outside of the buildings that comprise this historical site, which is especially easy and informative if you have the smartphone app! Or, for a nominal fee, you can tour the inside of Fort Christiansvaern and The Steeple Building (for which the app is still helpful). The app is easy to use and has a wealth of information on the history of the site – it even has a few virtual tours of some of the historical buildings.
The current version of the National Park Service app is now available for download on both Apple and Android devices at iTunes and Google Play stores, it is entitled ‘NPS-St. Croix, USVI (NPS-STX)’. In addition to including the Christiansted National Historic Site, the app also includes information on St. Croix’s other national parks, Buck Island Reef and Salt River Bay. Thanks, and job well done to the St. Croix National Park Service for keeping up with technology and making history easily accessible for everyone!
– Jennie Ogden, Editor