The ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church are the most visible remains of the Kingstown settlement of free Africans. The village was established as a settlement for Africans liberated from slaving vessels after Britain outlawed the slave trade in 1808. In 1831, the king gave land grants to the settlers, and within a year some 100 cottages were erected to house 300 people.
St. Philips Anglican Church was built between 1831 and 1834 by settlers and served as a house of worship and school. The ruins are the property of the Anglican church, and some basic steps have been taken to prevent the building from collapsing. Visitors can pull off the road and look more closely at the ruins, but please don’t climb on them.