On Berkshire Hill, just west of
town, and over 600 feet above the bay, is
Huge, cracked blocks glued
together by old concrete make up the ancient walls of
There does not seem to be a definitive date when the construction of the Fort started. In an account by Bryan Edwards of Sir William Young’s visit to Berkshire Hill St.Vincent, it seems to suggest that the fort existed or was in a state of construction at least in 1792.
Bryan Edwards writes of Sir William Young’s visit to the fortifications: “Friday January 6th 1792: I visited Berkshire Hill and went over the fortifications. The hill itself is a rock, and, from its precipices, is scarcely assailable; where it is so, parts have been cut away, and, take art and nature together, the place may be deemed impregnable. The point above hath been flatted off, so as to admit room on its surface for most commodious barracks for a complete regiment, stores, reservoirs, etc and all bomb-proof.”
source states the following: “At the top of a winding road on the north side of
A few miles outside our
"It has been attacked many times," Don Carlos Jack said.
He provided us a running commentary on the history of the island and it ways. Neither Napoleon's navies nor the implacable black Caribs had much success against the fort, he explained. Now the gray stone monolith doubled as a prison and occasional tourist attraction. The death penalty was enforced in these parts, and the last soul to be hanged at the fort was a Vincentian woman who had butchered her husband, his lover, and the lover's several children. Don Carlos Jack pointed to a platform where the gallows had been erected and the hanging carried out.
"It was a terrible crime," Don Carlos Jack said. "They say she was a Carib. So the fort is still good for something."
"You think it is good to hang people?"
"Take life. Lose life. Balance. They say she kicked at the end of the rope for a long time."