Posts Tagged "Folly Great House Portland Jamaica"

Legend or truth? The mysteries of Portland’s Mitchell Great House!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in Blog, Jamaica Travel, Jamaican Culture, Jamaican History & Heritage, Port Antonio Jamaica, Portland Jamaica | 4 comments

Legend or truth? The mysteries of Portland’s Mitchell Great House!

Correction: Thanks to my readers for pointing out an error in my article about the first motor car in Jamaica. According to an article in The Gleaner from 1-29-06: "The first motor car that reached our shores was owned by L.D. Baker of Port Antonio." That would be Lorenzo Dow Baker, the "Banana King". Thanks Howard & Violet! And thanks to Steve Widener for correcting me about little Wood Island off of Folly which is sometimes called Monkey Island.  Pelew Island is actually off of San San beach. I found an old 1774 map of Port Antonio that shows Wood Island as WOODS Island back then, so...

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Legendary Great Houses of Jamaica

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in Blog, Jamaica Travel, Jamaican History & Heritage | 1 comment

Legendary Great Houses of Jamaica

If you're up for a little adventure, you can fill your days checking out the great houses of Jamaica, legendary and otherwise. The Great House (Plantation House) was the seat of authority on an estate. It was the home of planters, or attorneys who acted for the absentee owner. The size and profitability of the property and the wealth of the owner determined the size of the house. These houses were usually 2-story buildings with a base of brick, cut stone and mortar. The top floor was usually made of wood. You'll find the great houses of Jamaica in every Parish and in all stages of repair -...

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What REALLY happened to Portland’s Folly Great House?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Blog, Jamaica Things to Do, Jamaican History & Heritage, Port Antonio Jamaica, Portland Jamaica | 0 comments

What REALLY happened to Portland’s Folly Great House?

I love history, but in Jamaica you will hear so many "stories" about the histories of buildings, areas, people, etc... that it's difficult to know what is actually true!! LOL! So I am always fascinated to read the research of others to tell me what really happened. In the case of Folly Great House (or Folly Mansion), this author of The Errol Flynn Blog did a great job - I've given you an excerpt below of his article, but be sure to follow the link at the end of the post to read the whole story and see his wonderful photos of the house (then and now) and the family who lived there. I visited...

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