Historical Sites In Jamaica – Part 4

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  1. Flagstaff – Site of a small Maroon community, featuring considerably in the Maroons Wars which begun in 1795.
  2. Salter’s Hill Baptist – The building was voluntarily constructed by enslaved Africans in 1825. It is also connected with Walter Denby, a Scottish reverend who was imprisoned for his work with the slaves.
  3. St James Parish Church – Built between 1775 and 1782, the church is constructed of white limestone and is of the Greek cross plan with a bell tower at the west end.
  4. St Mary’s Anglican – The church is situated on the Montpelier Estate, which dates back to the days of slavery. The cornerstone is dated 1847.
  5. Historic Court House (Mobay) – Built in or around 1774, it is an important monument in St. James’ history.
  6. Fort Montego – Built to guard the approaches to the town of Montego Bay, it housed four 12-pounder guns and five smaller guns. In 1760, one of the fort’s rusty guns exploded and killed a gunner while firing a salute to celebrate the surrender of Havana.
  7. Goodwill – The Presbyterian village was established after the abolition of slavery. Gambling, liquor stores and concubinage were not tolerated in the township.
  8. Greenwood Great House – The Barretts of Wimpole Street fame came to Jamaica in the 1660s and amassed great wealth from their sugar plantations. They built Greenwood in 1790 as a guest house.
  9. Rose Hall Great House – This infamous house was built in the mid 19th Century by George Ash for John Palmer, Custos of St. Thomas for £30,000. The lore of Annie Palmer, the ‘White Witch of Rose Hall,’ has made it a popular tourist attraction.
  10. 1 King Street – The property at this location was formerly the manse of the Burchell Baptist Church.
  11. Sam Sharpe Square -The square includes several heritage structures: the Sam Sharpe Monument, the Cage, the Civic Centre and the Freedom Monument and a fountain.
  12. Barnett Street Police Station – The building dates back to the late 19th century, constructed of cut stone.
  13. Grove Hill House – The house was built in the early 18th century. The house is a two storey Georgian structure.
  14. Old Slave Ring – It is said that this is the site where prospective buyers viewed the slaves as they were paraded and auctioned.
  15. The Dome – This quaint structure with its white wooden louvres and yellow brick tower was erected over the source of the creek in Montego Bay.
  16. Town House – A keystone on the arch suggests that the Town House was built in 1776.
  17. Anchovy Railway Station – This two-storey Jamaica/Georgian timber structure was erected around 1894.
  18. Cambridge Railway Station – This a two-storey timber building was constructed around 1894.
  19. Catadupa Railway Station – This two-storey Jamaica/Georgian timber structure was constructed in 1895.
  20. Montego Bay Railway Station – This simple timber building was erected around 1894.
  21. Montpelier Railway Station– This uniquely designed building demonstrates Jamaica/Georgian architecture with Victorian elements.