The pocket-size Carson Company Antiques is crammed with odds and ends—antique costume jewelry; African artifacts; vintage books; tchotchkes collected from all over the world. Think of it as a modern-day treasure hunt; you never know what magic you might unearth.
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Danish banker Hans Haagensen bought this house, with its wrought-iron balcony and rows of shuttered windows, in the early 1800’s. West Indian antiques and prints by Camille Pissarro now fill the restored complex, which is surrounded by terraced gardens. A half-day here offers a window into the way the merchant class lived during the colonial era.
Dating back 300 years and constructed on the orders of Governor Jørgen Iversen of Denmark, Fort Christian is the Virgin Islands’ oldest standing building. Over time, the three-story structure and its terraced gardens, named for Danish King Christian V, served as governor’s residence, church, court, and even a jail before being repurposed as a museum.
This 3.5-acre property sits amid the volcanic peaks on the island’s northern rim, above Magens Bay. Antique maps and engravings of Charlotte Amalie hang on the walls of the house; from the deck, you can spot more than a dozen of the other Virgin Islands. But more stunning are the grounds, on which nature trails twist past 200 types of plants and trees.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
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