Falmouth attractions

Square in Falmouth

Water Square

The best place to orient yourself is Water Sq, at the east end of Duke St. Named for an old circular stone reservoir dating from 1798, the square (actually a triangle) has a fountain topped by an old waterwheel. Bac…
Church in Falmouth

William Knibb Memorial Church

On July 31, 1838, slaves gathered outside William Knibb Memorial Church for an all-night vigil, awaiting midnight and then the dawn of full freedom (to quote Knibbs: ‘The monster is dead’), when slave-shackles, a wh…
Notable Building in Falmouth


One block east of Water Sq is Seaboard St and the grandiose Georgian courthouse in Palladian style, fronted by a double curling staircase and Doric columns, with cannons to the side. The current building, dating fro…
Cemetery in Falmouth

Jewish Cemetery

Established in the early 19th century, Falmouth's Jewish cemetery lay abandoned in recent decades before being restored. The gate is locked, but you can visit with Falmouth Heritage Walks. It's three blocks west of …
Historic Building in Falmouth

Police Station

The oddly cute historic police station was constructed in 1814. The prison here once contained a treadmill: a huge wooden cylinder with steps on the outside. Shackled above the mill, slaves had to keep treading the …
Historic Site in Falmouth

Phoenix Foundry

One of Falmouth's most distinctive buildings, Phoenix Foundry was built in 1810 and sports a strange-looking conical roof. Behind the foundry, guarded by locked gates, is the Central Wharf where slaves were brought …
Ruins in Falmouth

Barrett House

At the top of Market St, opposite Scotiabank, is the ruin of Barrett House, missing its top floor. Built in 1799, it's hard to believe now that this used to be one of the finest merchant houses in Falmouth, belongin…
Market in Falmouth

Albert George Market

The market structure on the east side of Water Sq, which dominates central Falmouth, was once the site of slave auctions. The current structure was built in 1894 and named in honor of two of Queen Victoria’s grandso…
Notable Building in Falmouth

Tharp House

Tharp House sags from age yet is still one of the best examples of an elegant period townhouse. Today housing the tax office, it was formerly the residence of John Tharp, at one time the largest slaveholder in Jamai…
Historic Building in Falmouth

Baptist Manse

The restored Baptist Manse (not opened to visitors) was formerly the residence of nonconformist Baptist preacher William Knibb, who was instrumental in lobbying for passage of the Abolition Bill that ended slavery.