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Greenwood Great House
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Greenwood Great House Tour from Montego Bay and Grand Palladium
Ranked #13 of 74 things to do in Montego Bay
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Owner description: Built during an era of elegance and brutality, Greenwood has retained the atmosphere of the 19th century and continues to capture the imagination of its visitors. The house was built by the Barretts of Wimpole Street London in 1800. Unique among local plantation houses, Greenwood survived unscathed during the slave rebellion of Christmas 1831. It still has most of its original furniture including the largest and rarest collection of musical instruments and books in the island.
Beacon, New York
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108 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Well Worth the Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

I visited here on a sweltering Saturday morning and had the entire estate to myself. The road to the manor house was, as someone has put it, terrible. However, since I wasn't driving, I wasn't in the least bit phased by the poor quality of the road.

The house, from the outside, does admittedly look a bit run down but that should not deter you from a visit. The interior of the house is amazing. I had a tour guide to myself and she was very knowledgeable about the house and the pieces inside. The historical documents on the wall pertaining to the history of the house were very interesting as was the collection of books in the library. The old furniture, with their secret compartments conjured up images of intrigue. The pump organ, the jester's chair and the polyphon were among my favorite pieces.

Of course, the centerpiece, in my opinion, was the veranda. From here, you have a near 180 degree view of the Caribbean and you can even see the curvature of the earth! To think that the owners get to have their morning coffee on there every day was just mind blowing.

The bar area was filled with various pieces of material culture and displayed throughout. I would say that the woman behind the bar was less than friendly and engaging. Aside from asking for the $20 admission fee, she said absolutely nothing to me and didn't even ask if I wanted a drink on such a warm day. However, my guide more than made up for it and I really enjoyed this tour. I would like to go back and just take photos from the veranda as that view was amazing.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank BigPeteNy
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Vancouver, Canada
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73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Beatiful and interesting house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

My group toured this house and I really enjoyed it. Owner of the house was the guide and he told us that the house is over 200 years old, it was the residence of Richard Barrett, cousin of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Elizabeth herself never visited Jamaica, but her family was one of the largest landholders. Her father owned lots of land and slaves. I saw antique harp and books with some first editions dating to 1697, polyphones, paintings, rare musical instruments, antique furniture etc. I was impressed with the 17ft long verandah with stunning view, almost 180 degrees. You could actually see how the land curves into the sea.Wish I could sit on that porch right now.

Visited November 2013
3 Thank skeletoncrew
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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77 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good Jamaican History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2014

If you are history buff, this is a definite tour for you; the house also has an huge verandah where you can sit and enjoy the view while feeling a nice breeze. The owners/tour guides were very friendly and informative.

Visited February 2014
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“A piece of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

Everything was original.Nothing has been restored.The guide was great. It was interesting to see how the rich lived back then. Unfortunately there few visitors and this estate will need work in the future.The tour was worth the money.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank donmWoodstock
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Oliva, Spain
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Great House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

Indeed this is a must to understand how the British wealth was accumulated. Beautiful grounds. The guides were very knowledgeable a thoroughly enlightening tour. Some fine furniture and musical instruments. Fantastic vistas to Falmouth, another historic port...but you need to root out the 18th C buildings.

Visited April 2013
Thank RoyK2Z
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