Many Americans recognize Alexander Hamilton as the face of the $10 bill, and also perhaps as the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury who fatally lost a duel against sitting U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr. But few know that Hamilton actually started his life here on the tiny isle of Nevis.
The Museum of Nevis History occupies the building where Hamilton was born. The small museum sits along the waterfront of Charlestown offering visitors a glimpse not only at Hamilton’s life on island, but also memorabilia from Captain Horatio Nelson who also lived on island after marrying the widow Frances Nisbet of Montpelier Estate, and exhibits about the geological creation of the island and the native islanders’ history precolonial times.
The Museum of Nevis History can be found along Low Street on the Charlestown waterfront. Opening hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to noon. Admission costs $5 for adults and $2 for children.