Jamaica: A Glimpse at 4 Heritage Sites

The Jamaica National Heritage Trust manages hundreds of heritage architectural and archaeological sites throughout the island that will fit nicely into tour itineraries. Some are also appropriate as venues for special events and corporate events.

Greenwood Great House
Greenwood Great House, Near Montego Bay

Most visitors to Jamaica are not aware of the Jamaican heritage of the famous English poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. Greenwood Great House and Barrett Hall once belonged to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cousin. Today, it is a museum and the location of the Barrett's original library.


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Good House Great House, Trelawny

This 18th century great house is an ideal setting for retreats, business meetings and workshops. Built in 1755, it was part of a huge 9000 acre estate. The original Georgian architecture has been restored what is now a 2000 acre property. Facilities for horse riding, mountain biking, cooking events, and making pottery are available at Good House Great House.

Seville Great House and Heritage Park

This site was the location of a Taino settlement before the Spanish arrived in Jamaica. While the Taino were virtually wiped out by the time Jamaica came under British rules, artifacts from the island's original inhabitants have been found in the area.

Sevilla la Nueva was the first Spanish settlement in Jamaica and the first capital under Spanish rule. Ruins include the original cattle pen. The great house and an old water wheel from the Seville plantation from the British era remain. At Seville, visitors can go horse riding and arrange picnics on the beach or in the mountains.

Drax Hall Waterwheel

The water wheel from the Drax Hall Estate dates back to 1669. Drax Hall is now the location of the St. Ann Polo Club, the oldest polo club in the western hemisphere.

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