With its British and French Colonial history, Saint Lucia has a fascinating past. Visitors will find this history is best explored by visiting the historic landmarks, sites and museums in Saint Lucia. Our concierge at Calabash Cove will also be of great help to any of our guests looking to expand their knowledge and discover Saint Lucia’s past.
Here is a selection of the best historic attractions to include in your visit.
Saint Lucia Folk Research Center
A national museum in central Castries is the Folk Research Center. This museum focuses on the everyday lives of people in Saint Lucia and includes displays of national dress, along with images, stories of local folk heroes and documents.
It’s a great place to pick up Creole recipes and find authentic souvenirs in the museum shop. This is also the right place to find out more about the Creole Music Festival, Film Festival and Creole Day, which celebrates the local history and culture of Saint Lucians.
Located on Pigeon Island, Fort Rodney was built in 1778 and named after Admiral George Rodney who ordered it to be built. It was used by the British to watch the activities of the French naval base on Martinique. Out of all the popular places and cities in Saint Lucia it is the only place of significance named after and English national. Most places have French names from the original “Masters of the land”.
Today, visitors can walk around the site, explore the well-preserved fortress and cannons, see the remains of the barracks and admire the wonderful sea views. The area is ideal for breezy walks to the summit of Pigeon Island on Signal Hill. Remember to wear walking shoes or good sneakers if you are planning on climbing up to the fort.
Morne Battery and Powder Magazine
Morne Battery is sited on Morne Fortuné, which served as a garrison and later as a coaling station. It is often known as the Apostles Battery and was completed in 1892 as a housing for four guns to protect the harbor.
Nearby is the Powder Magazine and Guard Cells, built by the French between 1763 and 1765. This makes them the oldest existing buildings on Morne Fortuné. Note the thick walls of the Powder Magazine which were intended to control any accidental explosion of the gunpowder.
The Guard Cells were used to imprison soldiers. Also in this historic area are the cemeteries of French and British soldiers. Their British cemetery includes the graves of military personnel and past governors, including Sir Ira Simmons who was buried there in 1974. The French burial site only has two nameless tombs; however, the area is the site of mass graves of those who died of epidemics such as cholera and yellow fever.
La Toc Battery
The La Toc Battery is only 5 minutes from the center of Castries overlooking the capital’s harbour. It is situated above La Toc Beach. Nearby is also a beautiful viewing point overlooking Castries with vistas all the way back to Calabash Cove. If you’re going there you will be right next to Government House, the official residence of the Governor General, Saint Lucia’s Head of State and representative of the queen.
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