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“Ruins of a cool old fort, but very overgrown”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Fort Charles

Ranked #30 of 53 things to do in Nevis
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Owner description: The ruins of the once mighty British military stronghold.
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“Ruins of a cool old fort, but very overgrown”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Fort Charles in Nevis (confusingly there is also a Fort Charles in St. Kitts), is the ruins of a colonial fort that was built on the top of a rocky point at the south end of Gallows Bay, south of the Charlestown, the capital of Nevis. Fort Charles was actively used in colonial times to guard Charlestown from attack by sea. (In colonial times the small island of Nevis was a very wealthy and very busy island because of the importance of the sugar trade and the slave trade.)

The site has however not been restored or fixed up for tourists in any way, and as a result it is extremely overgrown with weeds and visited primarily by goats.

The wall are partly ruined, but there is still a 10-foot high retaining wall with gun emplacements and a few cannon pointing out to sea, and a water tank and one other small building are still almost intact. However, the fort is rather hard to find, and is not worth the effort unless you are a serious history buff who has the vision to see past all the weeds and ruination.

Visited March 2013
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