Fort Frederik, Frederiksted

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#3 of 12 in Museums in U.S. Virgin Islands
Witness a vital mid-18th century defense at Fort Frederik. The bright red fort was built in 1752 to ward off frequent pirate attacks. Today visitors can step inside to learn about St. Croix's local history and find art, photos, and information about the fort. Head to the courtyard, which features cannons facing the water, and take in views over the Caribbean Sea. Plan your visit to Fort Frederik and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our St. Croix tour planner.
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  • May 25, 2017
    Cool little place just off the pier. Good exploring and snorkeling. A little rocky near the shore but cool.  more »
  • May 2, 2017
    The place needs a little love but it is a very interesting site. A low admission fee you get to see beautiful 18th Century handmade mahogany furniture and then you wander around the fortress on your o...  more »
  • May 1, 2017
    We spent about an hour walking around this fort. It was $5 per adult to get in. Plenty to look at and learn. Kids enjoyed it as well.  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    I thought fort Christiansted was better but still good views here.
  • August 29, 2016
    Fort Frederik (1752 - 1920), Frederiksted, St. Croix Fort Frederik was constructed in the mid-18th century by the Danish government to protect its interests in the Caribbean and to defend the western end of Saint Croix against incursion from other European powers and from pirate raids and attacks from rival imperialist nations. It was named after Frederick V of Denmark, who purchased the Danish West Indies in 1754. Originally here was located British Fort St. James (1640's). Briefly taken by the Spanish in 1650, then controlled by the French. The present fort was completed in 1760. It was built primarily to prevent smuggling along the island's western shore. This fort claims to have given the first foreign salute to the U.S. flag in 1776. Here in July 1848 was proclaimed by the Danish governor the emancipation of all slaves in the Danish West Indies. U.S. Marines garrisoned the fort in 1917 as part of the Frederiksted Marine Barracks. The Marines transferred to Fort Christian in 1920. The fort was later used for local government offices until 1973. Opened as a historic site in 1976. Restored to the 1840's period. Admission fee.
  • March 25, 2016
    Fort Frederik, the large rust-colored building next to the pier was built to ward off pirates in 1760 and is a National Historic Landmark. Inside, there's an art gallery and museum. It's an excellent place to visit and learn about the importance of the U.S.V.I. in world history. It was from this fort that Danish Governor Peter Von Scholten emancipated the slaves on July 3, 1848. There is a small admission charge.
  • June 2, 2016
    Very historical and interesting. Went there for Rum Festival, and saw some great attractions, including Kiki and the flaming gypsies.
  • February 15, 2017
    If you are Danish, this is a must see.

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