St. Thomas's history and culture alone are worth a visit to the island. Fort Christian, a U.S. National Landmark, is the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands and home to the Virgin Islands Museum, where early island memorabilia and old maps trace the islands' history. Market Square, a bustling produce marketplace, was once one of the West Indies' busiest 18th-century slave markets.

Also of interest is the Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the United States. On nearby Government Hill, looming over Charlotte Amalie, stands Blackbeard's Castle. Known during colonial times as Skytsborg, this 17th-century fortified tower also serves as a popular restaurant and hotel.

Located in the hills not far from the heart of Charlotte Amalie, Government House has been the center of government in St. Thomas since the mid-1860s. Visitors interested in seeing St. Thomas's political life may tour the building's first two floors. The 99 Steps, made by bricks that were once used as ballast on Danish and British ships, were built into the hillside to keep the orderly grid of the city intact.

Historic Places of Worship

Cathedral Church of All Saints

Built in 1848 from stone quarried on the island, this church has thick, arched window frames lined with yellow brick that was used as ballast aboard ships. Merchants left the brick on the waterfront to make room aboard their boats for molasses, sugar, mahogany, and rum for the return voyage. The church was built in celebration of the end of slavery.
Address: 3 Domini Gade, Garden Street, St. Thomas.
Phone: 340-774-0217

Frederick Lutheran Church

Located steps away from Main Street, this church was the official church of the Danish West Indies. The building went up in 1793 and replaced two earlier buildings that were destroyed by fire. It has since been refurbished. 340-776-1315 

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral

Completed in 1848, this stunning cathedral serves as the seat of the Territory’s Roman Catholic Diocese. Mural paintings on the ceiling and walls depict more than 12 major scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Presently undergoing restoration, the Cathedral is open daily for services and welcomes visitors of all faiths. Complimentary tours available by appointment. 340-774-0201 / www.catholicvi.com

St. Thomas Reformed Church

Established around 1660, this church has the oldest congregation in the Virgin Islands. Organized by Dutch traders as the St. Thomas Protestant Reformed Dutch Church, early services were held in Fort Christian. The first church was built in the mid-1670s and remained in use until at least 1731. In the 1740s a new church was built on Snegle Gade, which burned in 1804, two years before the replacement was again destroyed by a fire in 1806. Today, visitors can attend worship services on Sundays at 9:00 AM with Rev. Jeffrey Neevel.
Address: Located at the corner of Nye Gade & Crystal Gade (3 1/2 blocks in from the waterfront, in the historic district of Charlotte Amalie)
Phone: (340) 776-8255
Website: www.stthomasreformedchurch.org

St. Thomas Synagogue

As one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere, this synagogue is an architectural and historical gem in the middle of the Caribbean. The sand-covered floors are a carryover of the congregation’s Sephardic tradition. Visitors of all faiths are welcome to experience the simple and stately interior of this National Historic Landmark. 340-774-4312 http://synagogue.vi/

Made in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Alton’s Body Adornments

St. Thomas

Phone: 340-776-9479
Art by Lucinda
Phone: 340-514-2432
Caribbean Glo

St. Thomas

Phone: 340-777-7281 or 340-998-6353
Caribbean Herbals

St. Thomas

Phone: 888-326-2591
Eloi’s Leather Crafts

St. Thomas

Phone: 340-998-1852
Everyday Clay Studio and Gallery
Phone: 340-514-9930
Gladys Café

St. Thomas

Phone: 340-774-6604
J.O.I. (Jewel of the Isles)

St. Thomas

Phone: 340-775-3695
Kilnworks Pottery & Art Gallery

St. Thomas

Phone: 340-775-3979
Native Arts & Crafts Cooperative
  • St. Thomas

Dolls, cards, local music, hoop/vine baskets, liqueurs, seasonings, wood carvings

Phone: 340-777-1153
Theo’s Personal Chef & Catering Services

St. Thomas

Phone: 340-779-8436
Tillett Gardens
  • St. Thomas

Ceramics, jewelry, silkscreening artists, hand-painted items

Phone: 340-775-1929
Virgin Islands Soaps
Phone: 571-285-1530
WARRi Art – Caribbean Inspired Art

Contact/Artist: Karen John

Fax: 941-354-6646
Yali Dolls

PO Box 600174
St. Thomas, VI 00801

Phone: 340-344-6480
Zora of St. Thomas

St. Thomas

Phone: 340-774-2559

Links to Cultural Organizations

French Heritage Museum
  • Frenchtown
Phone: 340-714-2583
St. Thomas Historical Trust

Charlotte Amalie

Phone: 340-774-5541
The Enid M. Baa Public Library & Archives

Main Street

Phone: 340-774-0630
Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
Phone: 340-774-5984
Virgin Islands Humanities Council
Phone: 340-776-4044

Cultural Events

Agricultural and Food Fair
  • UVI Grounds, Reichhold Center, St. Thomas
Phone: 340-693-1080
November
Arts Alive Annual Holiday Arts &Crafts and Music Festival
  • Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas
Phone: 340-776-8566
November
Arts Alive Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts and Music Festival
  • Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas
Phone: 340-776-8566
May
Friendship Day
Transfer Day
  • Legislature Building, St. Thomas
March 31
USVI-BVI
Phone: 340-774-0100
October
USVI-Puerto Rico Friendship Day
  • Emancipation Gardens
Phone: 340-774-0100 x8049, 8050 or 340-777-8267
October; Columbus Day Weekend
Virgin Islands Carnival
  • Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Phone: 340-776-3112
April