Attractions

Memorial in Black River

Zong Massacre Memorial

Virtually unnoticed by passers-by, this is a memorial to what came to be known as the Zong massacre – the throwing overboard of 133 African slaves by the crew of the slave ship Zong in 1781 for insurance purposes. T…
Church in Black River

Parish Church of St John the Evangelist

There has been a church on this spot since the early 1700s, though its current incarnation, built from yellow bricks shipped from England, was completed in 1837. Inside there are handsome mahogany pews, and a plaque…
Historic Building in Black River

Magdala House

This beautiful two-story Victorian building with decorative fretwork was built in the 1890s for Thomas Leyden, one half of the Leyden and Farquharson Shipping Company that ensured Black River's prosperity for decade…
Bridge in Black River

Iron Bridge

Immediately east of Main St is an old iron bridge, once known as the Imperial bridge, as it was constructed with materials from different corners of the British Empire. It's a good spot for watching American crocodi…
Notable Building in Black River

Waterloo Great House

This elegant townhouse, a splendid example of the Jamaican vernacular style, with a shady wraparound veranda and jalousies, once belonged to John Leyden, the logging magnate whose family transformed this town. In 18…
Notable Building in Black River

Invercauld Great House

Built in 1894 by Thomas Patrick Leyden, the son of shipping magnate John Leyden, Invercauld is a beautiful Georgian building with gabled roofs, bay windows and decorative fretwork. Afterwards it belonged to the Farq…
Notable Building in Black River

Courthouse

This magnificent Georgian structure, built in the early 20th century, is home to the Legal Court and the Parish Council Offices. In the past it doubled as the town hall and the two enormous ficus trees that flank it…
Beach in Black River

Heavy Sands

A few kilometers southeast of Black River, these long stretches of dark sand are still undiscovered by most international tourists. Just don’t swim near the river mouth – crocodiles like to congregate here! You shou…
Historic Site in Black River

High Street

Although it’s as frenetic and chaotic as any other High St in Jamaica, Black River’s High St (note, High St and Main St are used interchangeably here) is lined with colonnaded Georgian merchant houses, all musty and…
Notable Building in Black River

Hendricks Building

At the east end of Black River’s High St is the Hendricks Building, dating from 1913, a fine example of period British-Caribbean architecture. Right next to it is a stop sign protruding from a small cannon, which wa…