Devon House, located in the parish of St. Andrew, features a historic building with 19th century architecture. The former domestic mansion has been beautifully restored and is home to exquisitely designed rooms and a variety of Caribbean, English and French antique furniture. Presently, it is more than just a historic site but also a place of attraction and relaxation. A visit to the grounds of Devon House promises to help you discover Jamaica as well as provide an incomparable shopping experience with authentic Jamaican craft items and the world famous Devon House ice cream.
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Morant Bay Courthouse
The Morant Bay Courthouse stands as an important reminder of one of the most poignant events in the country’s past. It was the scene of the infamous Morant Bay Rebellion and where National Hero, Paul Bogle, was subsequently hanged for his role in the uprising. Tragically, most of the main structure was destroyed by fire in 2007 leaving only the brick walls and a statue of Paul Bogle which stood at the front of the courthouse. Recently, the courthouse has been refurbished and stands as an historic site to help individuals understand the roles of Bogle and others in the rebellion.
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National Heroes Park
The area on which the National Heroes Park now stands was once one of the most popular spots in Kingston. For 101 years, the land was the centre for horse racing in Jamaica. It was also the site for other sporting activities such as cricket and cycle racing. Being a place where people naturally gathered, the area was also the venue for travelling circuses that visited the island from time to time.
In 1818, the Kingston Council purchased the property for £985 and 10 shillings. Back then it was part of a property called Montgomery Pen. It was later known as the Kingston Race Course because of its dominant activity and remained so until 1953 when horse racing was transferred to Knutsford Park.
The site was officially renamed the National Heroes Park in 1973 and is now a permanent place for honouring our heroes whose monuments are erected in an area known as the Shrine.
Another section, reserved for prime ministers and outstanding patriots, adjoins the Shrine area, to the north.
Rose Hall Great House
Situated on the hills of the Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay, St. James is the infamous Rose Hall Great House, featuring a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea. The Georgian style building gained renowned fame for the legend surrounding its former owner, the cruel slave master, Annie Palmer. A visit to the great house includes a tour of the building and Annie Palmer’s tomb, and the recounting of wild tales told by former guest who swear that Palmer’s ghost still roams the property today. Visitors are also welcomed to shop at the gift shops and snack counters.
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THE GIDDY HOUSE
This lopsided building is called “the Giddy House”. It was built in 1888 and was the old Royal Artillery Store for the Victoria Battery.
The Earthquake of 1907 shifted it to its present 45 degree angle. On entering the building, people often feel a strange sensation of being giddy or off balance, caused by the building’s tilt-hence its name-the Giddy House.
This house is a fine example of nineteenth (19th) century domestic architecture in Jamaica. It is a beautifully restored mansion and major source of attraction and place of relaxation.
The magnetic appeal of Devon House is not just in the beautifully restored rooms, with their antique furniture and lovely decorations, but also in the shops selling Jamaican craft items, and the restaurants serving authentic Jamaican food. It is a major source of pride for many Jamaicans many of whom can be seen eating ice-cream there on a Sunday afternoon.