Historical Sites In Jamaica – Part 2

It’s Travel Tuesday again and we continue our trek across Jamaica, marvelling at the island’s rich historical sites. This week, we go to Portland, St Andrew and Kingston.

Portland

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  1. Portland Parish Church – Also known as Christ Church, it was built on land indentured on September 3, 1836.
  2. St George’s Anglican – This was once the Parish Church of the former parish of St George.
  3. Port Antonio Court House – A plaque on the wall inside the building bears the message to the Governor from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, dated November 16, 1918, after World War I.
  4. Fort George – Situated on the Titchfield Peninsula in Port Antonio,  the fort was used during World War I. The barracks of the fort now houses classrooms for the Titchfield High School.
  5. Seaman’s Valley – It was the 1st European cemetery in this area. George Fuller, famous English Superintendent of the Moore Town Maroons, was buried here.
  6. Titchfield Peninsula – This is the 1st place to be settled by the English, known as the oldest settlement of the town.
  7. Folly Point Lighthouse – Built in 1888, the tower is constructed of masonry and is fire proof.
  8. DeMontevin Lodge – The house was built by the Hon David Gideon, who became Custos of Portland in 1923. DeMontevin Lodge is now operated as a guest house.
  9. Orange Bay Railway Station – The station was constructed in 1896..
  10. Moore Town – Originally named New Nanny Town, the settlement is governed by a Colonel, a Maroon given the honorary title earned by his ancestors.
  11. Nanny Town – Built around 1723, it was not discovered by the English until 1728 when Sambo, an African, led them to it.
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