Just west of the public library is the Market Square, the traditional center of trade and commerce in town. The square consists of a large, open-air pavilion, surrounded by sidewalks where vendors set up tents. During the days of slavery, this was where slave auctions were held. In more recent history, it is where market women known as hucksters came to sell produce and other necessities.
Rebuilt in 2006 after being damaged in a traffic accident, the market is still a good place to find local farmers and artisans selling produce, arts, and crafts, especially on Saturday morning. It lies at the boundary between the tourist-friendly Main Street shopping district and Savan, a hard-edged yet colorful and lively community. It’s not a good neighborhood to explore at night.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition