Fort Frederik, Frederiksted

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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. You can plan St. Croix trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • Within easy distance of the pier. Plenty of parking nearby as well in case you are coming from Christiansted. The fort is a bit run down and old, but still a great visit. Nice views over the ocean and...  more »
  • I visited the Fort Frederik museum in April 2018. It still had some damage from the hurricane. It was very interesting and covered the handover of St. Croix and the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the ...  more »
  • We went here to the museum and fort one morning. Fascinating. Exhibits about Moko Jumbies, Mahagony furniture in the officers quarters, sea glass, and much more. Well worth the trip. View were spectau...  more »
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  • Support the museum! A very fragile part of history here to be experienced not so much as to what is here but what one can imagine to have been here. This needs to be protected before it disappears.
  • Been there before Hurricane Maria. It deserves a visit.
  • Historically interesting. Excellent restoration. Tour is not so good.
  • I thought fort Christiansted was better but still good views here.
  • 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.
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