Original Mayfield Falls & Mineral Springs
West Coast to Tryall Estate
The ruins of the Tryall Estate sugar plantation lie 5km west of Hopewell. Much of the estate, including the huge Tryall Water Wheel (beside the A1) that drove the cane-crushing mill, was destroyed in the slave rebellion of Christmas 1831. Restored to working condition in the late 1950s, the wheel is still turned by water carried by a 3km-long aqueduct from the Flint River.
While disappointingly light on revolutionary pigs corrupted by the acquisition of power (if you haven’t read your Orwell, never mind), this Animal Farm does happen to be a great place to take your kids. This pretty little homestead is powered by ecofriendly solar power and pig crap.
It’s hard to describe Nature Village Farms. It’s certainly not a working farm or a traditional tourist site per se. Let’s call it a collection of gardens, landscaped yards, basketball courts, pool halls and tree copses that happens to provide access to the muddy waters of the Great River, which are always nice for a dip.
Ferris Cross & Paradise Park
Negril & West Coast
On the headland beyond the church is Rusea High School , a venerable Georgian-style red-brick building constructed in 1843 as an army barracks. The overgrown remains of Fort Charlotte overlook the channel a short distance beyond Rusea High School. It’s named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England.
A side road that begins 200m west of the church leads to the Hanover Museum, a tiny affair housed in an old police barracks. Exhibits include prisoners’ stocks, a wooden bathtub and a miscellany of pots, lead weights and measures, but the poor place is pretty run-down, and thieves have stolen artifacts in the past.
Bustamante Square is centered on a small fountain fronting the handsome courthouse. Note the vintage 1932 fire engine beside the courthouse. The town’s restored courthouse has limestone balustrades and a clapboard upper story topped by a clock tower supported by Corinthian columns.
The English colonialists never completed the Savanna-la-Mar Fort at the foot of Great George St. Parts of it collapsed into the swamps within a few years of being built, and these discarded guts now form a small cove where locals swim. A bustling daily market, specializing in vegetables and local fish, has been built into the grounds.
This church, opposite the courthouse, was built in 1905. It’s uninspired, but has a stately pipe organ that was dedicated in 1914.
The most interesting building is the Sav courthouse, built in 1925 at the junction of Great George and Rose Sts, where there’s a fountain made of cast iron, inscribed with the words, ‘Keep the pavements dry.’ There doesn’t seem to be any deeper meaning to this highly literal commandment.
At the north end of town by the roundabout known as Hendon Circle is the very handsome Manning’s School, built in 1738 and named after Westmoreland planter Thomas Manning.
Rocklands Bird Feeding Station
If you come out to the peninsula, try to stop by the pretty and posh Montego Bay Yacht Club for a meal and a drink; the hours indicated above are for the on-site restaurant, Robbie Joseph’s Seahorse Grill . Technically the club is only open to members, but if you present yourself at the entrance and ask politely to look around, you’ll likely be invited inside.
Green Island Harbour
Green Island Harbour
Little Bay & Around
The waters of Montego Bay are gorgeous to behold both above and below the surface, but they have long been compromised by the effects of fishing, water sports and pollution.