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The Counting House at Good Hope Plantation

Good Hope Great House, with its Counting House, came on my radar about 10 years ago when I was looking for a suitable venue for an event I was planning. Since then, I've visited Good Hope several times but for one reason or another, have never been … [Read more]

Cheeseberries and Wild Raspberries

I've been curious about cheeseberries since I saw them last summer at Holywell Recreational Park in Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains. Cheeseberries look like orange raspberries and are about the same size but they are sweet, a bit like … [Read more]

Ruins of the Slave Hospital, Good Hope Great House Jamaica

When I heard there was a Slave Hospital at Good Hope Plantation in Trelawny, I was eager to see it. At that point, I didn't know of another plantation that had its own hospital. Now mostly in ruins, the remains of the 300-bed hospital, which was … [Read more]

Jamaican Custard Apple

A few days after I arrived home, Michael knocked on my backdoor. A reddish fruit sat cushioned on the palm of his outstretched hand. I had not idea what it was and I was hoping he hadn’t noticed the slight look of ambivalence on my face. The skin … [Read more]