Saturday, July 23, 2011

A visit to The Greenwood Great House in Jamaica

This was submitted by Steven and his wife who went to The Greenwood Great House in January of 2011. 

What is it?
Greenwood Great House is over 200 years old.   Formerly owned by the family of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, the famous English poet, Greenwood is one of the best preserved great houses on the island.  Greenwood Great House is a must-see for antique lovers and those wanting to experience a slice of 19th Century Jamaica.  Unlike many great houses in Jamaica, Greenwood has not needed to be extensively restored and is in virtually the same as it was 200 years ago.


My wife and I are historic house buffs so the Greenwood Great House tour was just what we were looking for.  Rose Hall sounded, from the reviews on Trip Advisor, as tourist/cruise ship overrun so we chose to go off the beaten track. 

Greenwood was tremendous.  Lots of old furniture, books, decorations dating back to the 1700's.  Beautiful views of the ocean from the 70 foot veranda ( it convinces you the world is round).  A knowledgeable tour guide for the two of us and our "driver" was chatting in the back yard with the owner of the private house as we completed our tour. 

(old school record player)

The co-owner wife who took our $14 per person gave no indication that, in addition to collecting tour money and running a small bar, she was also a co-owner.  All in all a wonderful house, grand tour, we loved it.  $70 dollars round trip for the ride plus the admission.  It was nice to get off the Sandals Royal Caribbean compound and see some sites.

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