This one-street village, 16km south of Port Antonio, stretches uphill for several hundred meters along the Wildcane River. The village was founded in 1739 following the signing of a peace treaty granting the Maroons – rebel former slaves – their independence. Moore Town is still run semi-autonomously by a council of 24 elected members headed by a ‘colonel.’ The locals attempt to keep alive their lore and legends, and still bring out their abengs (goat horns) and talking drums on occasion, but many of the youth are emigrating to the cities.
Visitors expressing interest in the fascinating history of the Windward Maroons will be warmly welcomed. On arrival, it’s considered polite to pay respects to the local colonel (Wallace Sterling during research; just ask about and someone will take you to him). If he’s not about, you may be approached by one of his emissaries and asked for a small donation.