There are a lot of historical sites in Jamaica, each unique
in its own rights and tells its own story. Our Heritage is a rich mix of
different cultures that have influenced the way of life for the people.
The Nation Heritage Trust has been given the task of preserving the physical structures that attest to landmark events in our nation’s history and made available to this generation and those to come.
Come and explore the many historical sites in Jamaica and see what makes us who we are. See below details for some sites to visit.
Rose Hall Great House located in St. James is said to be haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer the mistress of the house and is also called “The White Witch of Rose Hall”. The Great House sits also on the Rose Hall Plantation of 6,600 acres, where you can find well manicured golf courses and miles of white sand beaches, amongst other things.
Sam Sharpe Square located in Montego Bay St. James was formerly Charles Square but was later renamed Sam Sharpe Square in honour of national hero Sam Sharpe. Sam Sharpe was executed n May 23, 1832 for his role in the 1831 - 1832 Emancipation War. There are several other historical features such as the Sam Sharpe Monument, the Civic Centre, the Freedom Monument, the Cage and a fountain.
Fort Montego was built to guard the town of Montego Bay but was inefficient. The only occasion the fort fired at a ship was in 1795 when the officers at the fort mistook an English ship for a French privateer. Luckily there were no casualties.
Bellefield Guest House located in Granville, St. James is one of Jamaica’s oldest sugar plantation which sits on 10 acres of prime lands. The Guest House offers a lot of options for weddings and just about any other event.
Greenwood Great House was formerly owned by the family of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, the famous English Poet. Greenwood Great House is over 200 years old and is also the best preserved guest house on the island.
Seville Heritage Park is located just outside Ocho Rios, St. Anns. Tours to this heritage park will take to back to the beginning of Jamaica’s culture and history. Seville Heritage Park is said to be the place where Christopher Columbus first landed and enc0untered the Taino Indians on May 5, 1494. Come Explore the museum which was once the Great House of the plantation and get interesting information about the period 650AD to late 19th century.
The Negril lighthouse located at latitude 18⁰ 15’ North and longitude 78⁰ 23’ West, at South Negril Point at the western end of the island. The Lighthouse was built in 1894 by the French company Bubbler & Bernard. The lighthouse has an automatic light that flashes every 2 seconds, it is painted white, stands 66 feet above ground level and the light is elevated 100 feet above sea level. The Lighthouse now operates on solar energy from the original gas lamp, to acetylene gas in 1956.
Avenue is a 2 1/2 mile long road way of bamboo forming a canopy over it. The bamboo species are called Bambusa
Vulgaris which were the largest variety t be introduced in Jamaica. The Bamboo Avenue is located on the main
South Coast Highway, between Middle Quarters and Lacovia.
Lovers' Leap is one of the Historic sites in Jamaica with a breathtaking view of the coastline, stretching from Rocky Point (Clarendon) in the east to Treasure Beach (St. Elizabeth) in the west. The site is a 1700 ft (520 m) cliff down to Cutlass Bay below, exposing the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea. Lovers' Leap is named after 2 slaves in love who jumped to their death in fear of being separated by their wicked master.
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