Welcome!

Welcome to the official website of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust

Getting there:

Head into the centre of Kingstown, the Carnegie Old Library Building is on Halifax Street, opposite the Back of St Vincent and the Grenadines

Opening Times:

Mon-Thursday 9-5
Fridays 9-4
Closed on weekends and public holidays

Admission Price:

$5 EC entry ($2US)

Amenities:

Toilets

The Carnegie Building

The Carnegie Building is the headquarters of the St Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust. It was built for use as a public library in 1909, paid for by Andrew Carnegie, the American Millionaire and philanthropist who was born in humble circumstances in Scotland in 1835.Andrew Carnegie educated himself in public libraries before making his fortune in iron and steel in the USA. It was because of this that he donated money for a public library to be built in Kingstown.

The building fell into disrepair in the late 20th century when the library moved to a larger, newer building. It was saved, however, when Alliance Française made it their headquarters in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Today, the Alliance Française still occupy the first floor of the building while the ground floor houses the National Trust.

The building also houses the National Archeological Collection - a unique display of artifacts from St Vincent’s pre-historic past.

Long before Christopher Columbus first sailed into the Caribbean, another great migration was occurring. While Roman armies were marching across Europe and Buddhism was arriving in China, Carib people migrated from the mainland of South America up the island chain in hollowed out canoes, arriving in St Vincent by around 160 AD. They settled in St Vincent, with a large population centre in the Argyle area. Today the National Trust’s collection tells us a lot about how they lived, how they cooked their food, how they buried their children and what jewelry they wore.

The collection is watched over by a painting of Dr Earle Kirby, a Vetenarian and archeologist who had a passion for the pre-history of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Don’t miss:

• The European glass beads traded with the native peoples of St Vincent.

• The ceremonial bat stand

• Nostril bowls used for inhaling hallucinogens

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