Local market reopens in St. Thomas

St. Thomas reopened its popular Sanderilla Thomas Bungalow in Rothschild Francis Square, also known as Market Square, in downtown Charlotte Amalie on July 28, four years after the bungalow was destroyed when it was struck by a tractor trailer truck.

The $1 million rebuilding project is named after a local market woman who spent more than 50 years of her life selling local produce under the bungalow's roof.

The square has served as a marketplace since the early 1800s; the first bungalow provided farmers, craftsmen and their customers with some shade while buying and selling.

Fruits, vegetables and locally made products now fill the tables under the bungalow's roof.

Officials predict that many more local vendors will return to the square, a popular tourist attraction, now that the project has been completed. Market Square is especially popular for cruise passengers docking at Havensight in downtown St. Thomas.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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