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“Dang!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Folly Great House

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
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Owner description: This old, crumbling mansion was built in a neo-classical Greek and Roman style, an unusual contrast with the tropical Jamaican countryside.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Dang!”
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...

Visited December 2012
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Hearst
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“amazing photo opportunity”
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!

Visited March 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Ugh”
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 see. Don't bother. Drive into town and have a drink at the Marina.

Visited March 2012
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Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica
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“folly ruins..historical tourism on hold”
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 sidetrip..the view from the ruins back into the blue mountains is wonderful

Visited November 2011
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“Leaves you wanting to know more”
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 continued to live at Folly Mansion until the outbreak of World War One in 1914, when she returned to the USA. Cement being mixed with sea water is said to be the reason the walls crumbled. Research the details…very interesting.

Now, is has become an alluring attraction for many visitors while the surrounding grounds are the site of festivals, concerts and video shoots.

The Mansion is crumbling in to the ground and it’s only a matter of time before it will be removed completely afterwards the only proof of its existence will be our vacation pictures.

If for no other reason but to see it yourself, I say take a few minutes to check it out. Pick up a box lunch from one of the nearby restaurants/cook shops and enjoy it by the waters at the foot of Folly Point. Then take a short stroll to see the ruins that once was a magnificent edifice that stood proud on a hill in Port Antonio.

Visited July 2011
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