What’s Great About Jamaica’s Great Houses?

Jamaica’s nearly 300 year old great houses provide a peek into a byegone era. Some have been turned into museums, others offer a beautiful backdrop for weddings and events.

Today, we’ll visit three: Bellefield Great House and Gardens, Good Hope Great House and Devon House.

Bellefield Great House, located just outside Montego Bay, has played host to Queen Elizabeth

Bellefield Great House & Gardens - photo courtesy of Bellefield

II, John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill. Built in 1794, it is part of the Barnett Estate and is owned by the Kerr-Jarrett family. The house, gardens and Sugar Mill are available for tours and private events.

For more information, (876) 952-2382

Good Hope - photo courtesy of Good Hope

Good Hope Great House: Nestled on 2,000 acres more than 500 miles above sea level in the lush mountains of Trelawny’s Queen of Spain Valley, Good Hope was built in 1755 by Thomas Williams. It was later purchased by John Tharp and has changed ownership many times. The current owners have restored the property, where the first hot water bath in the Caribbean was installed, period furniture, stables, a lily pond and bird sanctuary.

For information, 876-469-3444

This Georgian style mansion was built in 1881 for Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George

Devon House - photo courtesy of Devon House

Stiebel. Purchased and restored in 1968 by the Government of Jamaica, Devon House, now a historical landmark, is decorated with French, English, Jamaican and Caribbean antiques and reproductions. Located in Kingston, it is known as a venue that promotes Jamaican art and culture.

For information, call 876-929-6602

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