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Address: On the outskirts of Port Antonio on the way to Trident Village | going east along Rte. A4, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Description: This old, crumbling mansion was built in a neo-classical Greek and Roman...
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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Just a ruin - pleasant enough

This ruin is the remains of a great house. Hard to say that the deterioration is due to the use of seawater in concrete - more likely due to weathering and hurricane damage. A lot... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Stopped by the Folly Great house. If you like old, run down, old architecture, this is the place to go. Loved taking photos there, and a great view of the ocean.

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Jamaica
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

One man's dream - a gift for his wife. Built around 1905 and lived in by Alfred mitchell and wife until 1912. Then abandoned. 60 rooms two stories built right in a beautiful but isolated location. Now it is an eyesore. Security fence lays on the ground. Finding it can be tricky as the way is not identified.

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Brisbane
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This ruin is the remains of a great house. Hard to say that the deterioration is due to the use of seawater in concrete - more likely due to weathering and hurricane damage. A lot of imagination needed to visualise how it was in it's heyday

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

there is nothing here but a ruin, full of graffiti. i would not advise anyone walking around here alone

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Bloomfield, MI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It's a rather imposing ruin, but not altogether different from the newer un-completed cement structures you see all over Jamaica. Looks like it was a grand place at one time. For safety reasons it is now fenced off. You can still access through holes in the fence if you desire.

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london
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Not what it used to be and the new cricket ground on the way is a far better attraction. Now largely overgrown and surrounded by a dilapidated fence Someone from the local Tourist Board needs to take this in hand, clear away the debris and foliage around it, and restore it to its former glory. What used to be an... More 

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Chapel Hill, NC, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

First of all, this place is called "Folly Ruins" for a reason - a century of neglect has taken quite a toll. Still, you can see the splendor that the mansion once had, overlooking the Caribbean and surrounded by lush vegetation. The myths about sea water in the concrete and the owners lover not staying there are just that -... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Folly house was a little hard to find at first but the road straight up was easy to travel, but a little rough. The ruins are fenced off and a bit hard to see since the outside area was pretty over grown. Not much for going to the beach, but would be great for surfing.

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Kingston, Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

If you go to the Folly Great House ruins, look a little further in the horizon to find the secret path to Monkey Island, just a couple of minutes offshore the coast. During the low tide you will be able to walk to the Island, the water is very shallow, about ankle deep, but don't forget to bring your shoes!... More 

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New York City, New York
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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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Address: On the outskirts of Port Antonio on the way to Trident Village | going east along Rte. A4, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean  >  Jamaica  >  Portland Parish  >  Port Antonio

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