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CULTURE & HISTORY

Visitors to St. Croix will see traces of St. Croix's rich cultural diversity in the island's distinctive arts, crafts, music and festivals. “Mocko Jumbies” (traditional stilt dancers thought to chase away evil spirits), reggae and calypso, steel pan bands and pulsating salsa are among the captivating sights and sounds that add to the island's cultural mix. The Caribbean Dance Company (CDC), an ensemble that preserves and teaches the dance heritage of the Caribbean and West Indian culture, established itself on St. Croix in 1977. Its traditional folk dance performances, many with African roots, can be seen on the island all year round.

St. Croix's unique culture is still celebrated in customs such as the European-inspired "quadrille" dance and "quelbe," or "scratch," music. The early settlers' tradition of dancing from estate to estate has evolved into an organized town parade, performed to the sounds of drums, flutes, trumpets and gourds that are "scratched" for percussion.

The Crucian Christmas Festival, one of St. Croix's most popular events, includes a month-long celebration that culminates in the Three Kings Day parade. Check out the St. Croix Events Calendar for more information on exciting events in St. Croix.

Historic Places of Worship
Made in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Links to Cultural Organizations
Cultural Events

HISTORIC PLACES OF WORSHIP


Holy Cross Catholic Church

Originally built in 1755, Holy Cross was extensively altered in the 1850s. It was built in the shape of a cross to represent St. Croix which means “holy cross” in French. It is located on Queen Street in Christiansted. 340-773-7564. www.holycrosscatholicchurch.org

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

This simple church was built in 1792 to replace an earlier wood structure built in 1766. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located on Hospital and Hill Street in Frederiksted. 340-772-3658.

Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church

Built in the 1740s, the Lutheran Church is St. Croix’s oldest church. Originally the Dutch Reformed Church, it was transferred to the Lutherans in 1834. Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church is located on King Street in Christiansted. 340-773-1320.

The Moravian Mission at Friedensthal

Located on the outskirts of Christiansted, this mission is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was established in the mid 1700s by Germans who named the area Estate Friedensthal which translates to “valley of peace” in German. It originally served as a Moravian mission, a church and a plantation. The mission also served for a time as a training center for parishioners in trades and reading and writing.

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church

Built in 1848 to meet the rising expectation of Emancipation, the church expanded shortly after construction to accommodate a growing congregation. Built from local cut limestone, the west entry façade has elements of both Gothic Revival and Neo-Classical style. St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church is located on Prince and Market Street in Frederiksted. 340-772-0138.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Anglican Church

This hybrid church combines an 1812 West Indian hipped roof structure featuring classical and local details with a Neo-Gothic, three-tiered tower built in 1848. St. Paul’s Anglican Church is located on Prince Street in Frederiksted. 340-772-0818. www.stpaulstxvi.org

MADE IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

  • Armstrong Ice Cream

    Phone: 340-772-1919

    Planner
  • Design Works Island Living Store

    Phone: 340-713-8102

    Phone: 340-643-1952

    Planner
  • LEAP (Live Environmental Arts Project)

    Phone: 340-772-0421

    Planner
  • St. George Village Botanical Garden Museum Store

    Phone: 340-692-2874

    www.sgvbg.org

    Planner
  • Tropical Bracelet Factory Outlet

    Phone: 340-719-0672

    Planner

LINKS TO CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • CHANT (Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism, Inc.)

    Frederiksted

    Phone: 340-719-5455

    www.chantvi.org

    Planner

CULTURAL EVENTS

  • Agrifest

    Location: Rudy Schulterbrandt Fair Grounds,

    Department of Agriculture

    Date: President's Weekend

    Phone: 340-778-0997

    www.viagrifest.org

    Planner
  • Christmas Spoken Here

    Location: Botanical Gardens

    Frederiksted

    Date: December

    Phone: 340-692-2874

    www.sgvbg.org

    Planner
  • Classical Candlelight Concert

    Location: Whim Greathouse

    Frederiksted

    Date: Nov.-April

    Phone: 340-772-0598

    www.stcroixlandmarks.com

    Planner
  • Contract Day

    Location: Frederiksted Town

    Date: October 1

    Phone: 340-772-5063

    Planner
  • Crucian Christmas Festival

    Location: Towns

    Date: December/January

    Phone: 340-719-3379

    www.stxfestival.com

    Planner
  • D. Hamilton Jackson/Liberty Day Celebration

    Location: Estate Grove Place

    Frederiksted

    Date: November 1

    Planner
  • Emancipation Celebration

    Location: Frederiksted

    Buddhoe park

    Date: July 3

    Phone: 340-277-7485

    Planner
  • Gala at the Garden

    Location: Botanical Gardens

    Frederiksted

    Date: December

    Phone: 340-692-2874

    www.sgvbg.org

    Planner
  • Mango Melee

    Location: St. George Village Botanical Gardens

    Frederiksted

    Date: July

    Phone: 340-692-2874

    www.sgvbg.org

    Planner
  • Quadrille Dances

    Location: St. Gerard's Hall

    Frederiksted

    Date: Seasonal

    Phone: 340-772-0138

    Planner
  • Ruins Rumble

    Location: Estate Whim Plantation Museum

    Frederiksted

    Date: Jan.-April

    Phone: 340-772-0598

    www.stcroixlandmarks.com

    Planner
  • Starving Artist

    Location: Estate Whim Plantation Museum

    Frederiksted

    Date: March/November Last Sunday in the month

    Phone: 340-772-0598

    www.stcroixlandmarks.com

    Planner
  • Virgin Islands Puerto Rico Friendship

    Location: Towns

    Date: Columbus Weekend October

    Phone: 340-778-6446

    Planner