Nine Mile Museum
Lonely Planet review for Nine Mile Museum
The small community where the ‘King of Reggae’ was born on February 6, 1945, is set dramatically in the midst of the Cockpits. Despite its isolated location 60km south of Ocho Rios, the village of Nine Mile is decidedly on beaten path for pilgrimages to Bob Marley’s birth site and resting place. At the Nine Mile Museum, Rastafarian guides given to impromptu singing of Marley’s songs lead pilgrims to the hut – now festooned with devotional graffiti – where the reggae god spent his early years before moving to Kingston and where you’ll see the single bed he sang of in ‘Is This Love.’ Another highlight is the Rasta-colored ‘rock pillow’ on which lay his head when seeking inspiration. Marley’s body lies buried along with his guitar in a 2.5m-tall oblong marble mausoleum inside a tiny church of traditional Ethiopian design.