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                          Ocho Rios, Jamaica

NOTE: The title of this site is a little misleading, because while our cruise ship was docked in Ocho Rios we took a tour of a plantation (Good Hope Estate). We did not visit the city. By the way, the docks are getting a major overhaul so that it can match Falmouth (10-15 minutes drive away). So this site is more about the visit to house (which was quite fascinating) then the Ocho Rios.

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Good Hope Estate (about a 20 minute drive from Falmouth and 30 minutes from Ocho Rios) was formed through a land grant, given to Colonel Thomas Williams. The estate consisting of one thousand acres, bordering the Martha Brae river is situated in the parish of Trelawny. Colonel Williams was the grandson of one of the first settlers in the island after its conquest by the English. The estate later became the property of John Tharp who became the largest land and slave owner in  Jamaica.This place gives you a real sense of Jamaica's rich history as a sugar-estate island. Because of the way the slaves were treated (the slaves had a school and there was an hospital on the grounds), this plantation was sparred from the flames after emancipation.

 

 

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