The Corneiros migrated from Portugal in the early 1800's
and in 1906, Fermin Maximin Corneiro purchased Seven Arches and made it the Corneiro family home
for the next 60 years. Fermin brought the family goldsmith trade with him and also a man of many interests
including music, stamp collecting and astronomy. He is shown wearing the Venezuelan Busto de Bolivar medal.
In 1914, Conrad Corneiro inherited the house from his father. Throughout Conrad's
career he worked as a newspaper editor, banker, goldsmith and statesman. In 1936, Conrad would become the first President
of the Virgin Islands Legislature.
1922, Conrad and three other distinguished Virgin Islanders visited Washington D.C. to push for more autonomy for Virgin
Islanders. Several years later in 1936, the passage of the Organic Act helped to establish right and civil liberties
that all Virgin Islanders enjoy today.
Collage showing five generations of the Corneiro men.
is located directly behind the Governon and Lieutenant Governor's Mansions which allowed the Corneiro Family ready access
to some of the islands most influential people. In the years to come, one of the Corneiro sons named Francisco
Corneiro would become the island's Attorney General and at one point even ran for Governor himself.