Historical Sites In Jamaica – Part 1

St Ann


  1. Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Only the church walls were built as in 1534, the Spanish centre of government was moved to Spanish Town.
  2. St Ann Parish Church – It was completed in September 1871 and was consecrated by His Lordship the Bishop of Kingston, Rt Reverend Reginald Courtney
  3. Ocho Rios Fort – It is located beside the Reynolds bauxite installation in Ocho Rios. The fort was built in the late 17th century.
  4. St Ann’s Bay Fort – Erected about 1750, it was built with stone blocks taken from Sevilla la Nueva.
  5. Buxton – This free village was established by Rev John Clark with the support of the philanthropist, Joseph Sturge.
  6. Clarksonville – It was named by Rev John Clark, Baptist missionary stationed at Brown’s Town in St Ann in 1835, for Thomas Clarkson, an English advocate of the abolition of slavery.
  7. Sturge Town – The settlement was established in 1839 by Rev John Clark and named after Joseph Sturge, the Quaker philanthropist who advocated for the end of the apprenticeship system.
  8. Bellevue Great House – Archaeological evidence points to the fact that the house is situated on an extensive Taino site. In fact, there are two separate Taino sites on the property.
  9. Belmont Great House – Belmont was owned by John Davis during the last century. The house was built in the 18th century.
  10. Bromley Great house – Bromley is located in the Walkers Wood district. The house dates from the 18th century.
  11. Cardiff Hall Great House – The Blagrove family owned Cardiff Hall from 1655 to 1950 and it is perhaps the only property in Jamaica which has been handed down in the same family for so many years.
  12. Liberty Hill Great House – Liberty Hill Plantation was first listed in the Crop Accounts in 1786 as a pimento plantation.
  13. Mount Plenty Great House – Mount Plenty was for a long time the home of the Custos of St Ann, Hon John Hiatt, who was born in 1722.
  14. Ramble Great House – The great house was a part of the Ramble Estate, previously known as Finger Post. The estate was the site of an abortive attempt to establish the only tea plantation in the West Indies.
  15. Roaring River Great House – The plan of this great house is a good example of the architectural re-adaptation of classical Georgian into a tropical setting.
  16. Seville Great House – The house originally consisted of two storeys. The top storey was blown off by hurricane, about 1898, and was never replaced.
  17. Seville Heritage Park – The major attraction of the park is the collection of the artefacts on display in the Great House which depicts various aspects of the life of the Tainos, Africans and Europeans.
  18. York Castle Great House – The York Castle High School which now stands on the site was established there in 1874.
  19. Edinburgh Castle – Situated in Pedro district, the castle was built by Lewis Hutchinson, a Scottish doctor who is Jamaica’s earliest recorded serial killer. Read the Edinburgh Castle Development Plan here.
  20. 32 Market Street – Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, was born here on August 17, 1887 – the youngest of 11 children.
  21. Cave Valley Chimney – The Cave Valley Sugar Estate was probably built in or about 1872, as the plaque on the chimney bears that date.
  22. Drax Hall Waterwheel – Drax Hall Estate was founded in 1669 by William Drax, who came to Jamaica from Barbados.