Popular for its bars and restaurants, Frenchtown is also the home of descendants of immigrants from St. Barthélemy (St. Barths). You can watch them pull up their brightly painted boats and display their equally colorful catch of the day along the waterfront. If you chat with them, you can hear speech patterns slightly different from those of other St. Thomians. Get a feel for the residential district of Frenchtown by walking west to some of the town's winding streets,
where tiny wooden houses have been passed down from generation to generation.
French Heritage Museum. Next to Joseph Aubain Ballpark, the museum houses fishing nets, accordions, tambourines, mahogany furniture, photographs, and other artifacts illustrating the lives of the French descendants during the 18th through 20th centuries. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Rue de St. Anne and Rue de St. Barthélemy, next to Joseph Aubain Ballpark, 00802. 340/714–2583. www.frenchheritagemuseum.com. Free. Mon.–Sat. 9–6.
Turn south off Waterfront Hwy. (Rte. 30) at post office, Frenchtown, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands