About 16km north of Mandeville at an elevation of 900m, the town of Christiana is the lovely heart of a richly farmed agricultural region of gently undulating hills and shallow vales.
The area was settled by German farmers during the 18th and 19th centuries. Moravian missionaries were also active during that era and a Moravian church commands the northern end of sinuous Main St. During the 19th century, Christiana became a hill-town resort popular with European dignitaries and Kingstonians escaping the heat of the plains.
Christiana is a fairly sleepy place (farmers go to bed early and get up around 4am or 5am), but if you’re here on Thursday when the higglers come to sell their produce, the roads are so thick you can hardly drive through town. If you’re in Christiana on a Thursday, stay through the evening for Higgler’s Night.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009