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St. Thomas Reformed Church
The St. Thomas Reformed Church was established around 1660, and is one of the oldest congregations in the Virgin Islands. Organized by Dutch traders as the St. Thomas Protestant Reformed Dutch Church, early services were held in Fort Christian, which remains a museum and historical site in downtown Charlotte Amalie.
The first church was built in the mid-1670's on the savannah east of the Fort in the area known as Barrcks Yard and remained in use to at least 1731. In the 1740's a new church was built on Snegle Gade, which burned in 1804. A new church was immediately erected, but was again destroyed by fire in 1806.
The congregation was transferred from the Reformed Church in the Netherlands to the Reformed Church in America in 1827. The cornerstone of the present church was laid September 18, 1844 and completed and consecrated on February 8, 1848. Identified by the Danes as the American church, the baccalaureate service to commemorate the transfer of the Danish West Indies to the United States was held here on February 18, 1917.
In 1995 the sanctuary was severely damaged by Hurricane Marilyn. With the assistance of 400 North American volunteers, the sanctuary has been restored to its original elegance.
St. Thomas Synagogue
Famous impressionist painter Camille Pissarro was born in St. Thomas in 1830.
He lived on the island until he was 12, and eventually returned years later. Located on Main Street in downtown Charlotte Amalie, this building that bears his name was both his childhood home and the place of his parents' business. Due to COVID, the gallery and gift shop are currently closed. Normally, it acts as an art gallery that showcases some of Pissarro's original works, as well as paintings by a number of local Virgin Islands artists. The gallery has also been used for special events, including recent showcases by new local distillery ARC Vodka. It is the perfect place to take in the beautiful history and art of St. Thomas.