Since the beginning of Danish Settlement, weighing stations played a big part in the waterfront trading scene.  This building was used to weigh goods using very large scales, and it was also used to inspect imported goods.  Countless hogsheads of sugar were weighed and taxed before they were shipped to America , Denmark , and various other European countries.  Built between the years of 1855 and 1856, the old Danish Scale House is located right on the waterfront.  Today this historic landmark is the office of the National Parks Service, but the scales and weigh-masters office can be visited. The National Parks Service has informed personnel who welcome inquiring visitors and are able to supply accurate information about  island history, natural sites and evironmental facts and concerns.