Blackbeard's Castle is one of five National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is located in the city of Charlotte Amalie, on the island of St. Thomas. Erected in 1679 by the Danes as a watchtower to protect the harbor as well as Fort Christian, Blackbeard's Castle was originally called Skytsborg (meaning protection castle). It is located at the highest point of Government Hill. Skytsborg served as a very effective vantage point for Danish soldiers to spot enemy ships. Fort Christian is at sea level, thus making it ideal for thwarting attackers with cannon fire; however, the fort itself did not provide an ideal view of incoming ships entering the harbor.

Blackbeard's Castle is located in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Blackbeard's Castle
LocationCharlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Coordinates18°20′37.83″N 64°55′46.53″W / 18.3438417°N 64.9295917°W / 18.3438417; -64.9295917
NRHP reference No.91001844 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 20, 1991
Designated NHLOctober 12, 1994[2]

It was the centerpiece of a private residence for many years, and was turned into a hotel, but is no longer open to the public.

Connection to Blackbeard


It is not known what year Skytsborg took on the name of Blackbeard's Castle, but the infamous Edward Teach, commonly known as Blackbeard, did sail the Caribbean waters in the early 18th century. It has become part of the lore of the island that he used the tower as a lookout for his own purposes of piracy.

See also



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Skytsborg (Blackbeard's Castle)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2007-06-28.