Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
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Villa Notman Charlotte Amalie Reviews
Colonial St. Thomas at Villa Notman Jun 26, 2007
Villa Notman was built by the Scottish engineer Robert Notman in 1860. Notman came to St. Thomas to help build what is today the West Indian Company Dock used by cruise ships.
The house is built of yellow ship ballast bricks and has a cast iron double balcony imported from New Orleans. The property was a private home, changing hand several times, into the 20th century. It was then a small hotel before restoration as a historic house museum in 2001.
Villa Notman, along with the nearby Haagensen House, gives one an opportunity to see how Charlotte Amalie's successful residents lived in the 19th century. Rooms on the main floor have been furnished with period West Indian furniture made of mahogany. (Mahogany resists tropical insects.) Double doors facing across the sitting room allowed for air cirulation. The Planter's Chair on display stands out as a unique piece. The wide arms fo the chair enabled the gentleman of the house to put his tall boots up on them while servants took them off.
A combination tour ticket including Blackbeard's Castle, Haagensen House, and Hotel 1829 is $12.
Part of the Eastern Caribbean Cruise 2007 travel blog
Part of the list Historic Houses
Part of the list Things to see in St. Thomas, USVI
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