The Virgin Islands’ architectural and archaeological resources are a legacy that reflects the struggles, successes and failures of the prehistoric and historic people who settled in these islands and lived their lives against the background of cultural, political and economic forces that have resulted in the Virgin Islands of the present day. These resources include, but are not limited to: prehistoric villages, prehistoric underwater sites, Colonial historic archaeological sites, Colonial historic properties and districts, shipwrecks and underwater historic sites. These historic resources contribute in diverse ways to the quality of our lives. The preservation of these and other reminders of the past are essential to the well being, pride and sense of continuity of our community and nation.
Our mission is to preserve the reminders of our territory’s architectural and archaeological heritage by increasing awareness and appreciation of our unique history. We will accomplish our mission through encouragement, education, supporting, assisting in and sponsoring programs and projects which promote historic preservation in the Virgin Islands.