CULTURE: Great success for the European Heritage Days


The Department of Cultural Action (DAC) of the Saint-Martin Community organized three thematic visits last weekend, as part of the European Heritage Days.

The guided tours began with Fort Louis on Friday, September 15, with schoolchildren.

Guided by Christophe Henocq, a CM1 class then a Bilingual CM2 class from the Aline Hanson primary school in Sandy Ground, opened the ball, followed by another CM1 class from the Aline Hanson school, at the end of the morning . The 49 students were very attentive to the historical explanations on the fort on the French side erected in 1789 by a certain Jean-Sébastien Durat, then commander of Saint-Martin. Its primary purpose was to defend the warehouses of the port of Marigot where the harvests of salt, coffee, cane sugar and rum were stored.  Saturday September 16, it was the turn of the general public to come and discover the history of Fort Louis. 83 people were able to follow the explanations on this historic monument of Saint-Martin.

The Community also offered to follow guided tours to the heart of the Guavaberry factory Colombier Tradition with Mr. Maccow, specialist in the famous Saint-Martin liqueur. 40 people were able to discover his know-how and taste the elixir made from small garnet-red berries that are only found in certain places on the island. The liqueur concocted in Colombier is simply divine! To be consumed in moderation of course! Finally, the guided tours to discover Marigot attracted 43 people who came to listen to Stéphie Gumbs' presentation on the history of the town's urbanization.  A fascinating story about the capital of Saint-Martin whose traditional architecture gives it its unique character and authentic atmosphere. The 2023 European Heritage Days generated an audience of 166 people and 49 schoolchildren, for a total of 215 people! A great success for these visits organized by the Community of Saint-Martin and its cultural management with the help of professionals passionate about transmitting the history of our beautiful island. A big thank you to them!

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