Historical Sites In Jamaica – Part 2



  1. Scots Kirk Church – This is the principal Presbyterian Church in the island.
  2. Coke Methodist Church – The church was named after Dr Thomas Coke, founder of the Methodist Missions in the West Indies.
  3. East Queen Street Baptist Church – Dedicated on January 22, 1822, the church had the largest Baptist membership in the world (2937 members) at the time of its dedication.
  4. Holy Trinity Cathedral – The main feature of this cathedral, built in the Byzantine revival style, is the 85-foot high, copper-covered dome.
  5. Kingston Parish Church – The present structure, with the exception of the tower, is similar in design to the original building, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1907.
  6. St. Peter’s Church – The original church was destroyed by the great earthquake of 1692 in Port Royal.
  7. Wesley Methodist Church – The Wesley Methodist Church, erected in 1825, played a significant role in the integration of coloureds, blacks, and whites and is one of the few remaining examples in Jamaica of churches that slaves used for worship.
  8. Fort Charles – This is the first fort erected in Port Royal. It was originally named Fort Cromwell.
  9. Port Royal Forts – Many other forts were built in Port Royal – Fort Carlisle, Fort Morgan, Fort Rocky, Fort Rupert and Fort Walker.
  10. Port Royal – Once called “the richest and wickedest city in the world,” it was the virtual capital of Jamaica during the 17th century. However, on June 7, 1692, it was destroyed by a massive earthquake and a section of the town sank into the sea.
  11. Rockfort Spa – The origins of the spa is uncertain, but it is believed to have appeared miraculously following the 1907 earthquake.
  12. Admiralty Houses – Part of the Old Naval Dockyard in Port Royal, they were built towards the end of the 1800s to the early 1900s to house senior naval personnel.
  13. Gordon House – On Wednesday, October 26, 1960, Gordon House became the official meeting place of the Jamaican Government replacing Headquarters House.
  14. Hibbert House/Headquarters House – The former seat of the Jamaican Legislator is now the head office of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT).
  15. Institute of Jamaica – The Institute was established in 1879 for the encouragement of literature, science and art.
  16. Liberty Hall – The centre of activities for the Kingston division of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the building was the first meeting hall in Jamaica that was fully owned and operated by blacks.
  17. Ward Theatre – The theatre was presented as a gift to the city of Kingston in 1912 by Colonel Charles Ward. It holds a special place in the hearts of Jamaicans probably because of its association with the development of indigenous theatre.
  18. Trench Town Culture Yard – It was here that the very popular song, ‘No Woman No Cry’ was co-written by Bob Marley and Vincent `Tart’ Ford, who taught him to play the guitar.
  19. St William Grant Park – Located in the centre of Down Town, Kingston it was previously known as Victoria Park in honour of Queen Victoria of England, but the name was changed after Independence.
  20. Port Royal Terrestrial Archaeology – Several excavations have taken place in Port Royal over the years, dating back to 1968.
  21. Port Royal Underwater Archaeology – After the 1692 earthquake, people tried to salvage anything considered valuable from the area, which became known as the Sunken City.
  22. Tower Street – Most of the buildings along Tower Street possess exquisite Jamaican Georgian architecture and, along with the General Penitentiary, are fundamental features of the Tower Street historical streetscape.
  23. Kingston Railway Station – It was built along the Jamaica/Georgian lines of architecture on a grand scale to symbolise the economic importance of the city of Kingston as the centre of trade.
  24. Negro Aroused – The original sculpture of Negro Aroused was created in 1935, by Edna Manley and was first exhibited in 1937.
  25. National Heroes Park – For 101 years, the land was the centre for horse racing in Jamaica. It was also the site for other sporting activities such as cricket and cycle racing. The following monuments are located there:

Look out for Part 3 of our all-island tour of historical sites, coming soon!