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“Rose Hall Great House Tour”

Rose Hall Great House
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Jamaica Super Saver: Montego Bay and Rose Hall Tour plus Luminous Lagoon Night...
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Montego Bay Combo: City Sightseeing and Rose Hall Candlelight Tour
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Jamaica Private Tour: Rose Hall Great House and Luminous Lagoon
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Rose Hall
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The greatest of Jamaican great houses, the Rose Hall Great House has a story with all the elements of an engaging novel. Built in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, it eventually became the residence of their grandnephew, John Rose Palmer. In 1820, Palmer married Annee, a beautiful but feisty English girl. Little did John know that his young wife possessed “black magic” powers that would eventually lead to his demise. During her reign as mistress of the plantation, Annee did away with two more husbands and countless lovers. “The White Witch of Rose Hall” has fascinated generations, and even today, there are those who claim to see Annee passing through the Great House. A candle-lit evening tour of the Rose Hall Great House is a must for visitors to Montego Bay. Your guided exploration of the former home of Jamaica’s White Witch, Annee Palmer, includes captivating and chilling stories of love, murder and mystery skillfully told by knowledgeable guides. You’re sure to feel goose bumps as these eerie tales come to life in this grand estate, where ghost sightings have been reported over the years. Tours also give historic insight into this grandest of Jamaican great houses, now beautifully restored with 18th-century decor and antiques. To conclude this fascinating adventure, you can visit the dungeon, now transformed into a tavern called Annee’s Pub. Many visitors find that the famous rum cocktail, known as “Witches Brew” helps banish the spirits of ghosts or black magic they sense still lingering in the mansion.
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Loved the tour. Very interesting. However, if you go into the tavern at the end of the tour, be prepared to pay $5 US for a small glass of rum punch. Not worth it! We didn't know it would cost until after it was poured.

1  Thank BETH M
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We really enjoyed the tour, the tour guide was excellent and thoroughtly enjoyed all the history about her life, the house was unbelieveable.

1  Thank Marge K
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Great Fun...had a blast with Webster, our tour guide. A bit of foolishness made it memorable. Witches Brew highly recommended!

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We visted the haunted great house at the most perfect time. It was raining and dark. This set the ambiance for a spooky experience. Our tour guide was super as she brought us back in time and we felt as if there was a spirit around us all the time during the tour. We took lots of pictures in the witches bedroom and to our surprise when we left and was reviewing the pictures we saw an image of the witch in a mirror that was in her room which we photographed. We freaked out!!

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of being accompanied by our own tour guide, who offered quite a bit of information about the history of the house, the hardships and horrors of slavery, as well as the legend or history of Annie Palmer (depending on what you believe concerning her), the White Witch, and Johnny Cash's association with the site. Downstairs there is an inviting bar where White Witch cocktails can be imbibed. If you look her up online, there are conflicting reports as to whether an Ann Palmer associated with Rose Hall even existed! Mrs. Palmer's room upstairs features a gorgeous view onto the sea, and at the large palm trees under which she supposedly had her murdered husbands buried. Nonetheless, I found the tour and the house quite fascinating, with all its period furnishings and Mrs. Palmer's eerie looking grave site, where the tour ended with a "The Ballad of Annie Palmer", written by Johnny Cash, and sung by our tour guide. The only thing that was disruptive to the mood was the noise from a dying smoke alarm battery. A grandfather clock (donated by Mr. Cash) was also in obvious need of service. Supposedly, the site is haunted; however, neither my husband nor I experienced anything paranormal. While I wonder what it's like at night, I'm glad we went there during the day, as we would not have been able to get as good a view of the grounds at night.

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