Seven Arches Museum Phone: 340-774-9295 P.O. Box 6456, St. Thomas, V.I. 00804

The Garden
Outdoor kitchens like the one pictured below were very important in helping to control fires back in the 1800's when people at one time used open flames inside their homes for cooking.

The Courtyard
This quaint little courtyard offers a cool and relaxing break from the hot tropical sun.  Whether you choose the sit beneath a large umbrella while enjoying a cocktail or under one of the beautiful bouganvilla trees makes little difference.  The courtyard offers a little bit of paradise...while in paradise.  The welcoming arms staircase leads upstairs and to an excellent view of the town and harbor below. 
Flowers, Birds and Lizards
This is just one of at least 15 different types of flowers and plants that are constantly in bloom year-round in the garden.  These flowers attract all types of birds as well as butterflies and lots of friendly little lizards.  It is also not unusual for an iguana or two to pay the house a visit.  In the late afternoons, a red tailed "chicken hawk" also likes to stop by for a while before settling into its nest for the night. 
National Bird of the Virgin Islands
Yellow breasts love the taste of sugar and to attract them all that you need to do is place a cup full of sugar in a bowl and place it outside.  Attracted to Seven Arche's bird feeder and bird bath, hundreds of these besutifully little birds visit the house every day in search of a sweet treat and drink of water.
National Flower of the Virgin Islands
In 1938, the beautiful yellow cedar or Ginger Thomas was designated the national flower of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  In 1991, the people of the Virgin Islands felt so highly of the yellow cedar and the yellow breasts that they included both on the official seal of the Virgin Islands Legislature. 
Children on the island play a game in which they catch bees using the flower.  As the bee enters the flower to drink nectar, children simply pinch the flower's petals closed to capture the bee.  The flower itself then serves as a convenient vessle for transporting the bee to wherever you need to take it without ever getting stung or harming the bee in any way. 

Bananaquit aka Yellow Breast

There are 144 specias of birds that reside in the Virgin Islands, but the Banana Quit or as it is known locally the "Yellow Breast" is one of the most beautiful.  In 1970, the banaquit was designated as the national bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Other birds that regularly visit Seven Arches daily are sparrows, thrushes, egrets, hawks, doves and hummingbirds just to name a few.
Yellow ballast brick staircase
Yellow ballast bricks were used to construct the staircase, outdoor kitchen and main building.  These bricks were brought to the island onboard ships as balast.  Upon arriving at the St. Thomas harbor they were unloaded and replaced with cargo for the return trip to Denmark.  Today, many of the old buildings in Charlotte Amalie still proudly display their yellow brick facade.