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“No longer worth visiting” 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.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“No longer worth visiting”
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 their would be love nest it had already started to fall apart as a result of the sea sand used in it's construction. The lady rejected the heir and returned to the U.S. He is said to have committed suicide. The house or rather it's ruins are real. The story itself is part real and part legend. What cannot be contested is that it has fallen into ruinate and is mostly a hang out for idlers. A beautiful spot and a great story. One more wasted Jamaican asset.

Visited March 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
“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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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“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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