Montego Bay in Jamaica is often visited by tourists for its beaches. Here, guests can swim; snorkel, dive, sail and pretty much enjoy a good number of other water sports.
However, there is one other popular destination here, the Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay – Jamaica.
Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay – Jamaica is located at Rose Hall Highway, about 15 kilometers off the eastern section of Montego Bay.
To get in, you can either fly in via the international airport servicing the town, the Montego Bay Sangster; or arrive via sea at the Montego Freeport.
To get to Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay – Jamaica, you can take a bus or taxi from the transport terminal located at Barnett Street.
What to See and Do
If you are fascinated with ghost stories, haunted mansions and the occult; a tour of Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay – Jamaica is a definite must while you’re in town.
You will be taken around the house and the grounds of what was once a sugar plantation by a knowledgeable tour guide.
The guide will tell you more about the history of the house, the slaves that once served Annie Palmer – the lady of the house – and the morbid details of how she ran the household and treated her slaves.
The tour culminates at Annie’s grave where more stories will be told by the guide about Annie’s sordid past.
There is a very rich and perhaps even highly disturbing legend that surrounds Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay – Jamaica. As to the factuality of the events, this remains a mystery.
It is said that Annie Mae Paterson, then an 18-year-old young woman from France wed a wealthy sugar plantation owner by the name of John Rose Palmer. She moved into Rose Hall in the year 1820.
Apparently, she knew how to perform voodoo rituals and her ruthlessness towards her slaves earned for her the moniker, “White Witch.” She soon began taking on lovers – young men who are her slaves – and when she got tired of them, she killed them.
When her husband found out about her lovers, she killed her husband as well. It is said that one of her slaves who likewise knew how to perform voodoo rituals and witchcraft devised a plan to kill her and he succeeded.
The slaves hastily buried her in a grave they dug for her in one area of the plantation and it is believed that she has been haunting the mansion ever since.
The cost to tour Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay – Jamaica is US$ 20 per adult and US$ 10 for kids aged 12 years old and below.
Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay – Jamaica is open everyday, from 9 in the morning up to 6 in the evening. Last tour starts at 5:15 in the afternoon.