SCNT Heritage Sites

On April 22, the National Trust Act was passed in the National Assembly that made provisions for the evolution of the St. Christopher Heritage Society (SCHS) to become the St. Christopher National Trust (SCNT). On October 1,  2009 the St. Christopher National Trust was officially launched at a ceremony at the National Museum Building.

The Act lists in its Schedule the heritage sites that will be vested in the Trust. They include the National Museum building (which the Trust already manages) and four others: Stone Fort Gut where Amerindian Petroglyphs exist and Belmont, Spooners and Mansion Estate yards.

Each of these sites is important to the interpretation of our national and indeed regional heritage. Each will become an interpretation centre, presenting different aspects of the islands history and heritage.

DESCRIPTION OF SITES AND THEIR PROPOSED USE:

The choice of sites by the SCHS was not random but was based upon:

  •  Historical and cultural importance
  •  Integrity of the structures and other features present
  •  Proximity to nearby communities
  •  Accessibility from the Island Main Road
  • Location in relation to existing tourism attractions

It is anticipated that there will be an overall management system put in place for all the sites operated by the SCNT. The operations of each individual site will as far as practicable involve residents from the nearby communities and former sugar industry employees. The preservation and productive use of the identified sites is intended to contribute to the strategies being developed for the economic diversification programme for St. Kitts.

AMERINDIAN PETROGLYPH SITE

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BELMONT ESTATE

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MANSIONS ESTATE

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SPOONER’S GINNERY

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References:

“Petroglyphs Station at Stone Fort River Site Bloody Point Saint Kitts” by Conseil Regional De la Guadeloupe, Archaeological Mission (November 1998)

“St. Kitts and Nevis Spooner’s Estate Project, Technical report of the Spooner’s Estate” conducted by the Organisation of American States (1995)

CARIBBEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE INVENTORY; INFORMATION RELATING TO 46 HERITAGE SITES ON THE ISLAND OF ST. CHRISTOPHER Compiled by Jacqueline Armony, Lyndon Williams and Cicely Jacobs of the St. Christopher Heritage Society (2002) for a CARIFORUM website project.

HERITAGE SITE STUDY FOR ST. KITTS (2001-2) undertaken by the St. Christopher Heritage Society.