St. Thomas Historical Trust

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Our Mission

To identify, protect and preserve the history, sites and culture of St. Thomas

Our Tours

Walking Tours of Charlotte Amalie's Historic District are November 1 through April 25 on Friday Mornings 9 am (No tours on holidays). Tours depart from the STHT office located on the Western side of Roosevelt Park. The tour price is $30 per person, no charge for children under 12. Please call the office #  (340) 774-5541 to make payment and reserve space on the tour. If you do not contact us in advance there is a chance that there will not be a tour that day. If we have no bookings our tour guide will not come in.

Museum Times: Open Wednesdays only., 10:00 - 2:00 or by appointment. Our small museum showcases antique furniture, art, maps and marine artifacts. Call 340 774 5541.

Hassel Island Walking Tour: This is a 3-hour hike through the marine railway and lime kiln area, up to the Garrison Building at the top of the island. Hiking or tennis shoes required. Call VI Eco Tours Toll Free 877-845-2925. Please specify that it is the STHT Historic Walking Tour that you are interested in, or go to:

lime kiln Lime kiln on Hassel Island walking tour Trust Headquarters St. Thomas Historical Trust Headquarters Fredericks Battery Fredericks Battery Garrison House Garrison House

Our Events

Coal Pot Cook-Off - May 19th, 2015

VI Coal Pot Cookoff Winners

Congratulations to Our Winners!

First prize:
Dawn Commissiong and Julius Jackson for V.I. fish soup with saltfish cake and pumpkin fritters.
Second prize:
Maura Hennesey for papaya saltfish pickup with green banana, parsnip fritters.
Third prize:
Rosie Pemberton for coconut ginger chicken curry with rice and lentils.

Prizes for first, second and third place included replica miniature coal-pots crafted by St. Thomas ceramist Jessica Rosenberg.

Judges: Chef Cory Magras and Denise Georges from St. Thomas, Chef Digby from St. Croix

Other competing chefs: Shirley Honore, Drina Anthony, Karish Robles and the Culinary Arts Class from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School.

What a festive afternoon, showing off the best of St. Thomas and the Historical Trust!

This year, six chefs competed to create traditional meals cooked entirely in single pots heated on a bed of charcoal. This is the way families cooked for generations, before gas stoves made their way south to the Caribbean.

On this day, in Emancipation Garden, the smells were irresistible. The scratch band music from Milos’ Kings had people dancing on the sidewalks. And the fresh produce supplied by northside farmers, featuring their ever-popular roasted corn, helped us attract hundreds of people in a few short hours.

This event grows more popular every year. We hope you’ll be here to enjoy the 2016 Coal Pot Cook-Off with us! It’s exactly the kind of event both locals and cruise ship passengers are looking for. And exactly the kind of celebration of our local culture the Trust likes to create!

To our Supporters:
Special thanks to ceramist JessicaRosenberg for her custom-made Coal-Pot replicas given as prizes to the winners.
Special thanks to Addie Ottley for MC’ing the Awards Ceremony.
Special thanks to our sponsors: VI Council on the Arts, West Indies Corporation, VI Tourism, Ace Hardware, Merchant’s Market, Merchant’s Bank and Bellows.
Special thanks to Charles Consolvo and Patricia LaCorte, STHT Board Members, and Luana Wheatley. VI Department of Tourism, for their generous gifts of time, talent and ever-present ability to “get it done!”

Preservation Stakeholder's Lecture Series

We've begun a series of talks to run from November to June for our members and the public.

April 4, 2015 — Inaugurating the STHT Preservation Stakeholder Speaker Series
Speaker David Knight, Sr., Historian on the topic “The Preservation Conundrum: When to hold on, when to let go.  Click here to view the presentation.

May 9, 2015 — Speaker David Bornn, Esq., Director of the Downtown Revitalization Inc. effort. Talk was titled “Preservation and Possibility.’ Click here to view.

June 20, 2015 — Speaker Nadine Marchena Kean from the Economic Development Agency. Topic “Preservation and Persistence.”

Our History

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St Thomas Historical Trust took wings on November 23rd, 1965 when twelve dedicated Virgin Islanders put pen to paper and signed the Articles of Incorporation.  Article #11 stated that there would be 12 initial Directors: they were as follows; Alonzo Moron, Anna Daniels, Edith Feiner, Vivian Anduze, Frederick Gjessing, Eveston Webb, Margot Bachman, Robinson Smith, Ira Smith, Gertrude Dudley, Isidor Paiewonsky, and John Bensen. A lot is owed to those 12 for having the vision to preserve and protect our historical sites and heritage. Many boards have served for the last 45 years. But we always give thanks to the ones who got us started!

Charles Consolvo with the Seventh Day Adventist School 9th grade with Ms. Osborne 9th Grade Students from the Seventh Day Adventist School tour Hassel Island with board member Charles Consolvo assisted by Lisa Chamely-Aqui and Sea Tow owner Alan Wentworth.
9th Grade Students from the Seventh Day Adventist School tour Hassel Island with board member Charles Consolvo assisted by Lisa Chamely-Aqui and Sea Tow owner Alan Wentworth.

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