Museum of Nevis History


American statesman Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804) was many things in his short life: soldier, lawyer, author of the Federalist Papers, US founding father, the country’s first Secretary of the Treasury and, finally, the victim of a fatal duel with his political nemesis Aaron Burr. (He has since been reborn as the star of the musical Hamilton.) Hamilton was also born – scandalously, out of wedlock – in or near this restored 1840 stone building that today contains a modest museum chronicling his rags-to-riches career.

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4. Horatio Nelson Museum

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5. Pinney’s Beach

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1.48 MILES

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7. St Thomas' Lowland Church

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8. St John’s Fig Tree Church

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