COLLECTIONS

From photos of Frenchtown before the dredging of the harbor, the amazing straw weaving of the natives, West Indian crafts and artifacts of days gone by, a 1939 Universal short film entitled “Going Places”, photos of villagers of yesterday,  an antique mahogany bed, fish traps and various types of fishing nets, tools of the trades, a full library of research material, and the Greaux house donated to the museum  on July 14, 2007, located on premise, we have all the “must-see” pieces of history gone by and the impressive contributions of the French settlers to our history here on St. Thomas, USVI.

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RELIGIOUS LANDMARK

The chapel of St. Anne sits on top of Gallows Hill on land donated to the French by the Boschulte family of St. Thomas.  That same church took more than 100 years to build and has only celebrated 94 years since its very first Catholic mass on December 25, 1921.  This symbolic shrine looks over the village and was very much a part of everyday life, with regular processions through the streets of the village demonstrative of a deep faith within a very close knit community.

PHOTOS

View archival photos of Frehcntown when Punto existed.  Research family ancestry through photos.  Get a glimpse of what life was like in the earlier years of Frenchtown.  Observe the changes of the Frenchtown community through the decades

MUSIC

See the traditional instruments created and used for the scratch music that was played throughout the town and territory.  The accordion is a unique instrument that defined the unique sounds of the French people.

ARTS & CRAFTS

The most intricate straw braiding samples can be found here.  From delicate lace to straw hats and paintings, some of Frenchtown artisans' works are on display.  

ARTIFACTS

On display are old time tools used for work and within the home.  You can find the old "goose", fish pot, coal pots, handmade toys, mahogany bed, and other old time items of the day.  Also visit the "Old House from Church Hill" that was donated by the children of Mr. & Mrs. Phillipe Greaux.

FUNERAL BOOKLETS

Search our vast collection of funeral booklets to find out about your ancestors and learn more about the people who made Frenchtown such a unique community.

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MISSION

To preserve the history of the Frenchtown people and to promote their culture and contributions to the Virgin Islands. 

ADDRESS

340-714-2583

 

P.O. Box 591

St. Thomas, VI 00804

 

frenchheritagemuseum.com

fhmuseum@vipowernet.net

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