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Dotted throughout the landscape of Nevis there are countless pieces of functional architecture from sugar processing, (conical sugar mills, boiling houses, etc) as well as quite a lot of domestic architecture, including elegant plantation "great houses".Charlestown, the capital, has several impressive stone buildings from the 18th and early 19th centuries, including the library and courthouse building, and the Bath Hotel. In the town there are also a lot of attractive 19th century buildings with traditional gingerbread trim. Many of the older churches on Nevis are handsome, well-proportioned structures, built using cut volcanic stone, and having open-air windows and storm shutters. These buildings were very well-designed for their situation, and some have proved strong enough to withstand both hurricanes and seismic activity. At every one of the Nevis Plantation Inns, well-preserved buildings from the historic past are in use. You can chose to simply pass by and look at these buildings, or perhaps you would prefer to stay a little longer and have afternoon tea, eat dinner, or stay in: Nisbet, Old Manor, Golden Rock and Montpelier.
The oldest building is at The Hermitage where the 360 year-old great house is one of the oldest wooden residences still standing in the Caribbean.
Although many local Nevisian people now live in modern, concrete-block houses, there are also still many examples on the island of the local vernacular wooden cottages, which are constructed in modular style, and which can be moved from one place to another. These interesting small Caribbean cottages are referred to as "Chattel Houses."Those looking for adventure and willing to hike might like to visit some of the ruins hidden up the mountain. There are underground rooms, three-story remains, and old bridges found everywhere, dating from when Nevis was truly the "Queen of the Caribbean".