Ashley Totten 1884 - 1963
605 Strand Street, Frederiksted, VI 00840
When you think of The Fred you probably begin picturing our beautiful sandy beach, our 2 amazing salt water pools or perhaps you begin thinking about your favorite rum cocktails or one of our famous sunsets. But, there's something else you should think about as well... our extensive culture and rich history! The Fred is a collection of 6 perfectly restored and preserved architectural structures dating back to the 1700's. Totten House, for example is without a doubt the signature structure at the resort. This building takes its name from Ashley Totten, one of the more prominent owners in that property's long history.
Mr. Totten was born in Frederiksted in 1884 and eventually moved to New York City in 1915. He has a number of distinguished accomplishments not the least of which is credit for assisting in the organization of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first African American led labor organization to receive charter in the American Federation of Labor.
His humanitarian qualities also extended to the improvement of life for his fellow Virgin Islanders wherever they lived. For example, when he learned of the racism and inhumane practices occurring in his homeland during the naval administration of the islands, he, along with another Virgin Islander, Elizabeth Anna Hendrickson, founded and administered the Protective League and also founded the American Virgin Islands Civic Association, which had as its focus the economic and political advancement of the territory. President Harry S. Truman appointed him to the Board of Directors for the Virgin Islands Corporation and he later became the Vice President of the Trade Union Division, Liberal Party of New York City.
Today, Totten House is open to the public and to travelers visiting St. Croix as part of The Fred, a boutique resort, spa, restaurant and bar. The property is located a short stroll from other historic and cultural points of interest such as Fort Frederik and the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. Experience our history up close and personally by booking a room in Totten House