This is a self guided must see touring site. I was greeted by a very friendly young lady who told me how much it was (only $3!!!) and gave me a folder with the history of the Fort along with a Map and background of each area. Yes there were also tall informational placards in designated areas but I preferred the folder (which stated the same exact information and much more).
I know some posted pictures which were funny and some made comments on how cool it was in the dungeon and the echo it provided. I did not get this laughing fun out of my walk through. Instead I got an eye opener on how history can show the worst side of us. The dungeon was the worst for me. Mind you I am only 5 ft 4 inches and I had to crouch so as not to hit my head on the beautifully arched ceilings. The fact that grown men/women (slaves) were put down there with only one small window was unbelievable to me (the one it contains today is apparently double the size as what it was originally) and you have to crouch down to enter and exit otherwise you can give yourself a good concussion. The Upstairs cells were for minor offenses but again the slave could not stand up in them unless they were only 4 feet tall. It was a sad but then good reminder of how far we have come.
Then came all the uplifting and breathtaking views up top. Of course all of the views were for a military benefit.
This really is a part of St. Croix history that is a must see - both the good and the bad part of history. But such a great reminder of where we all come from. Yes there were some areas that were closed off to the public but that is like any historical land mark here in the US. There are always rooms that they close off to the public. But there is so much to see and it was only $3 and you can go back with the receipt for 3 days.
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