Accompong Village
Accompong Village
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Spirited Soul
By Spirited Soul
“ Mi rather deh pon ah hillside”
4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2022
The drive from Mobay to Accompong takes you through many parishes and towns and is very scenic, so if possible , stop and take pictures along the way. The area is stapled with mountains full of lush greenery . In fact, it’s post card worthy. You must be very intentional to visit this site, but I must say that it was worth the 2.5 hr drive from the resort. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the Maroons, showed us crops being grown on the land by residents such as dasheen, castor oil , and turmeric , spoke about the future plans for the territory , as well current needs of the community . We arrived to Accompong around 4 pm on a rainy afternoon, so we did not experience the cave ( I believe if we arrived earlier this would be included) ,but the lack of the site visit did not diminish or lessen the experience . Overall, the tour took about 1 hour, and along the way we observed residents, visited the local museum , and at the end of the tour purchased fried chicken and rice from the local restaurant (very tasty meal) . We observed the local cemetery , learned how the land and available natural resources were used to defeat the British. We also saw a sample hut that is modeled after what the Maroons use to live in, pieces of limestone rocks, listened to the history of the treaty that led to sovereignty, and felt connected to the land and history being disclosed to us by descendants of the Maroons who are actively preserving their history . The community needs upliftment. They still do not have running water and depend on tourism to some degree in addition to local agriculture, which over 80% of resident partake in some form. The island of Jamaica has so much to offer from an eco-tourist perspective , don’t let this opportunity pass you by . Be sure to wear appropriate shoes such as sneakers or hiking shoes . The path is very rocky. Visiting Accompong was an experience that my family and I will never forget !! And, I had a teenager with me on the tour. I wanted to plant a seed of history in his mind, and foster the importance of knowledge about the history of our ancestors. This was honestly, one of the most memorable parts of our vacation, and we had many great moments throughout our stay. Please be understanding that this community is remotely located, and residents are actively preserving their history with limited resources for others to experience. A lot of the history is experienced through the land and is oral, along with the archives located in the museum. If you are looking for bells and whistles, this is not the tour for you! BUT , if you want and can appreciate an authentic, unfiltered countryside , historical experience - look no further . Recommendations : I would have loved to have seen and had the option to purchase souvenirs such as jewelry , local provisions such as fruits and vegetables being sold by local farmers, abengs, T-shirts… being sold to generate revenue as well as add add to the experience. Additionally, a pamphlet with resources in the area, information that captures the history, inclusive of dates and the history of the treaty and Maroons . It would add a great finishing touch.

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Spirited Soul
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The drive from Mobay to Accompong takes you through many parishes and towns and is very scenic, so if possible , stop and take pictures along the way. The area is stapled with mountains full of lush greenery . In fact, it’s post card worthy.

You must be very intentional to visit this site, but I must say that it was worth the 2.5 hr drive from the resort. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the Maroons, showed us crops being grown on the land by residents such as dasheen, castor oil , and turmeric , spoke about the future plans for the territory , as well current needs of the community .

We arrived to Accompong around 4 pm on a rainy afternoon, so we did not experience the cave ( I believe if we arrived earlier this would be included) ,but the lack of the site visit did not diminish or lessen the experience .

Overall, the tour took about 1 hour, and along the way we observed residents, visited the local museum , and at the end of the tour purchased fried chicken and rice from the local restaurant (very tasty meal) . We observed the local cemetery , learned how the land and available natural resources were used to defeat the British. We also saw a sample hut that is modeled after what the Maroons use to live in, pieces of limestone rocks, listened to the history of the treaty that led to sovereignty, and felt connected to the land and history being disclosed to us by descendants of the Maroons who are actively preserving their history .

The community needs upliftment. They still do not have running water and depend on tourism to some degree in addition to local agriculture, which over 80% of resident partake in some form.

The island of Jamaica has so much to offer from an eco-tourist perspective , don’t let this opportunity pass you by . Be sure to wear appropriate shoes such as sneakers or hiking shoes . The path is very rocky.

Visiting Accompong was an experience that my family and I will never forget !! And, I had a teenager with me on the tour. I wanted to plant a seed of history in his mind, and foster the importance of knowledge about the history of our ancestors. This was honestly, one of the most memorable parts of our vacation, and we had many great moments throughout our stay.

Please be understanding that this community is remotely located, and residents are actively preserving their history with limited resources for others to experience. A lot of the history is experienced through the land and is oral, along with the archives located in the museum.

If you are looking for bells and whistles, this is not the tour for you! BUT , if you want and can appreciate an authentic, unfiltered countryside , historical experience - look no further .

Recommendations :

I would have loved to have seen and had the option to purchase souvenirs such as jewelry , local provisions such as fruits and vegetables being sold by local farmers, abengs, T-shirts… being sold to generate revenue as well as add add to the experience.

Additionally, a pamphlet with resources in the area, information that captures the history, inclusive of dates and the history of the treaty and Maroons . It would add a great finishing touch.
Written July 19, 2022
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Management138
Lantana, Florida28 contributions
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Jan 2013 • Solo
When I first visited Accompong Town in 1988, I quickly realized that it was a very special place. I was taken to the Colonel's office and questioned by Colonel Martin Luther Wright before being offered to sign the guest book and told, "I could come anytime I wanted...Stay as long as I wanted and that someone was assigned to watch over me". That person is my best friend to this day. This is a place where you are judged by your word and your character and not by where you are from or the color of your skin.

I am now a resident of Accompong Town and every day spent there is uplifting to my soul. I am now retired so I can concentrate on making Accompong Town an even better place for the children of tomorrow. I am often struck by how the children are so respectful and are raised by the community at large.

Yes, January 6th of each year is a Celebration of Captain Cudjoe's Birthday and an enormously important part of preserving the semi-autonomous self-governess that for the past 275 years has produces a relatively crime free environment in a country that experiences it daily. But, the most important part of the Celebration is the revenue it produces to allow these people to exist without the benefit of jobs in the community.

It is also true that a visitor can be unlucky and run into an opportunist Maroon who looks at them as a source for today's ration of rum or food. This will happen anywhere that people who "have" appear in a place that "has not". Accompong Town is taking steps to improve the visitor's experience with trained guides as well as adding new dimensions to the town tour. This takes some time and will not happen overnight.

You can see from the majority of the views expressed here that a visit to Accompong Town is a rewarding experience on many levels and not one to be missed on your next visit to Jamaica.
Written July 21, 2013
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Lauristan
Boston, MA16 contributions
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Accompong is a rustic Maroon village and is located in the absolutely gorgeous Cockpit Mountains. Maroons are the descendants of escaped slaves who fought the British and won their independence in 1738, and Accompong is still an autonomous polity within Jamaica today. There is a small museum there that is a must-see for anyone interested in African heritage. Even if you're not looking at Afro-Carribean connections, you should go to Accompong for the atmosphere (combine it with a trip to Appleton Estates and you will have the best day of your entire trip!), the culture, the beautiful scenery, etc. It makes a great day trip from Treasure Beach or Montego Bay. It is also possible to book a room in a guest house if you want to stay overnight.

From Montego Bay, book an excursion (it cost us $200 for 2 people) with Kenneth Watson [--], who is very knowledgeable about history and culture and will give you a real tour, as opposed to a taxi ride (Kenneth can also be booked for airport transfer, or arranging just about anything you need in Montego Bay and he is reliable and friendly). While you're in Accompong, I recommend getting a meal at A Home Away From Home, run by the wise and friendly Junior (JR).

If you can go on January 6, during the independence day festival, you will see an amazing festival during the day followed by an all-night dancehall party. The partying begins on the 4th, actually, but don't go up on the 7th because everyone will be asleep until the afternoon!
Written January 9, 2010
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Nadia L
new york41 contributions
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Dec 2012 • Family
We went to accompong to visit the maroons village hoping in an educative and interesting off-the-beaten path experience for my daughter (we had a great experience with a tribe village in Zimbabwe and was hoping in something similar).

The panoramas were nice on the drive there, quite wild and untouched nature.

Our guide said it correctly: with the maroons you either are God or Food.... we were food... meaning they tried to take us for all our money (unsuccessfully). Beyond the fact that they could barely remember their own names as they were high and drunk (they smoked weed and drunk rum for the entire time we were there), they were not able to really give a tour or explain anything interesting.

We paid $40 for the tour and $20 to see a spiritualist who washed his face in rum and then told us to stand in a corner, scribbled on a peace of paper and said we all needed protection and that would cost $150. I said no thank you but he insisted until our guide stepped in between and we moved on. The tour of the village consisted of standing on a square and being told that the 5 key differences between the Maroons and the rest of jamaica were 1) they have a square drum not a round one 2) if you are a murderer you are taken back to jamaica, don't think you'd find hospitality there 3) they have a square drum 4) they have a square drum and 5) he didn't remember. But then he wanted to sell us some home made jewelry just in case we had some money to spare.... All together 30 minutes.... after a 2 hrs drive to get there. Not worth it. The roaring river was better.
Written December 30, 2012
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Simone01
Fort Erie, Canada224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
Accompong is a lovely little village on the edge of Cockpit Country. What is special about the village is that it belongs to the Maroons, and has enjoyed an autonomous state since a treaty was signed with the British in 1739. The area is something of a Jamaican frontier land, Cockpit Country is covered with small rounded hills and deep valleys. Very few roads penetrate here with Accompong being on the edge and one of the last accessable towns. Indeed the roads to Accompong are worse than those in other parts of Jamaica--on many winding roads, if two vehicles meet one will most likely have to back up to a place where they can pass eachother. We drove to Accompong on January 6th to Celebrate the birthday of Cudjoe, a historical leader who is credited for uniting the Maroons together to fight for and preserve thier freedom and autonomy in the 18th century. This is a very, very busy day in Accompong and it took a good while just to reach the town as the roads were crammed with visitors for this festival. However it was worth it just to take in this wonderfully cultural and fun-filled event. As with most Jamaican festivals there is lots of food, vendors, music and a general sense of human fellowship.

For my husband, who originally comes from Grenada, this day trip was very special for him--It was here in Accompong that he learned that not all Africans robbed from thier homeland were destined to remain as slaves in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. The strength, cunning and determinism of the Maroons in the face of the powerful and cruel colonial powers should be inspirational to all people of African decent in the Western hemisphere--as well as to all of us who understand the continuing struggle for freedom and respect that oppressed people still face all over the world. Go to Accompong and learn.
Written May 2, 2013
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Hannah J
Birmingham, UK10 contributions
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Aug 2013 • Friends
I visited here last august as part of my first visit to Jamaica. We were recommended to go here by another couple staying at the hotel. What an amazing visit!! We were made to feel very welcome by everyone we came across. We were shown around by kenroy who told us everything about everything! Such a welcoming and knowledgable man. He took us to all parts of the village and explained everything from buildings to crops along the way. I am a primary school teacher in the U.K. and he took me inside the school on the village for a good half an hour to look around and talk to the children. I absolutely loved it! As we came to the end of the tour, kenroy took us to his home where another resident cut down jellied coconuts from the tree for us to drink from. Free of charge. I can't explain how much detail we were told and how welcome we were made to feel. Walking around, all of the residents were so pleasant and friendly and we were invited back for their 6th January celebrations. I have tried to contact the school in the village to send them supplies from the U.K. for the children but cannot get a contact which is a shame. Would definitely recommend!!!
Written July 6, 2014
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nkh80
Fort Washington, MD15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
When you visit Jamaica, you think of visiting the beach, Dunns River Falls, Black River, Appleton Rum Distillery and so on. But one can tend to forget that Jamaica is steeped in a rich, Afro-Caribbean heritage. Visiting Accompong Village was a very eye opening and enlightening experience. There was so much to learn when I visited and I had no clue that there was so much historical richness in this one section of Jamaica. We had a chance to spend time with the locals and eat/drink local fare. Most tourists don't get an opportunity such as this and I personally recommend visiting Accompong Village. Our tour guide was Sheldon and he was very informative. There were many stories to hear about the evolution of the people, village; from where they came and how it has effected their current lives. Every year, Accompong Village hosts a huge celebration in January. That would be a good time of the year and opportunity to visit.
Written August 3, 2012
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P.J
toronto16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
First if u cannot handle a long walk this is not the place for u to go on the six of January. This is Maroon Christmas. Lots of people from near and far. Parking in the town is impossible if you don't arrive early. There is lots of drinking, eating, music, crafts and cultural activities. A must see.
Written April 14, 2013
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Pure_Vybz
Maryland77 contributions
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I'd heard of the Accompong Maroon Festival through my Father of whom is from Jamaica. This year was the first time that he or I ever attended the festival and it was great. Getting there from Clarendon was a journey and the roads going up to the town are NARROW but it was well worth it. I really enjoyed the museum and all the school children that attended.The ceremony where they discussed the Maroon heritage was good too but the singing and dancing is what moved me. The Maroon festival reaffirmed my belief that I come from a great people, the things that they've overcome make my issues seem like non-issues. My father & I bought escovitch fish, pepper Shrimp & festival for CHEAP and it was muy delicioso! (bad Spanish I know!). It was the first time that I'd shared such a great cultural moment with my Dad, we'll/I'll be going back in 2011 for sure!
Written March 22, 2010
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GlenB_8
Accompong1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Accompong is not featured on the google map but deserves a special mention as probably the favourite place i have ever been to, it is just a small mountain town but it is an amazing place.
Written February 17, 2008
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