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Folly Great House

On the outskirts of Port Antonio on the way to Trident Village | going east along Rte. A4, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Ranked #15 of 17 attractions in Port Antonio
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This old, crumbling mansion was built in a neo-classical Greek and Roman style, an unusual contrast with the tropical Jamaican countryside.
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English first
New York City, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

First off, I wish people would stop spreading the silly tale about why this house is in ruins! Hurricanes mashed up the roof which then fell in on the house. Look at the photos as it is today and what can you see? One sees the supposed "poorly constructed walls" and foundation are in fact as strong as the day... More

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Montego Bay, Jamaica
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Folly Great house was a grand mansion built about a hundred years ago by an American heir who had more money than sense. He built it for the woman he loved but was in such a hurry that he so pressured the workers that they used sea sand to mix the concrete. When the lady came to Jamaica to see... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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175 reviews 175 reviews
83 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Why would you want to even waste your time here? You can't even get inside coz it's dangerous. Why go to a spot just to take some random pix. If you have the time, go relax in the beach...

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

This unusual place built so long ago still stands with its splendid pillars, draped in tropical vines and now inhabited by goats. Our photos are amazing!

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

Please, don't bother. This is not a historical relic in the sense that a crumbling state-house done in the afro-caribbean architechtural would be--that is, where the disrepair gives a sort of charm to the building. This is JUST a falling down cement building. It's not worth crossing the street see. It's not worth averting your gaze from the road to... More

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Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

the property has been fenced off to prevent accidents and squatters from taking up residence and as their is no security or guide facility in place,it is difficult to appreciate the architecture or history.a small beach in front of the ruins is used by locals and a small island that can be walked to at low tide is an interesting... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

This place fascinated me the moment I saw it. Even before I was given a briefing on its history, I knew these deteriorating walls contained an attractive story. The Folly Mansion was built in 1905 by Alfred Mitchell, for himself and his wife, the Tiffany heiress, Annie Tiffany. 60 rooms on 2 floors. Alfred Mitchell died in 1911 and Annie... More

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La Brea
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2009

There are two stories about this great house the Jamaicans tell me. The first and more popular one is that an American millionaire built it to impress his girlfriend but the structure was never finished and no one ever lived there as it had started to crumble, because the builders made the "folly" of using sea water in its construction.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2004

The ruins of Folly were definately interesting to see. The house was built in a spectacular location. The house, however, seems to be deteriorating rapidly and becoming quite dangerous. If you get the opportunity to spend a few minutes there, enjoy it, but be careful.

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