Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica is one of the most famous structures in Jamaica. It is located approximately 9.25 miles (15 km) east of Montego Bay and was built in the 1770s by George Ash. At the time the Great House was begun in 1750, it was one of more than 700 great plantation houses which controlled the slaves working the sugar plantations.
The Rose Hall Great House was named after the wife of George Ash, Rosa. Ash died in 1752 before finishing the structure. Rosa married three more times, the final marriage to John Palmer, the Custos of St. James Parish... the Parish where the Great House is located.
Palmer completed the Great House in the style of a Georgian Mansion. The house has a plastered upper story and a stone lower level. Its position set high on a hill overlooking the coast makes Rose Hall Great House a commanding presence literally as well as figuratively. In 1770, the cost to build Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica was set at 30,000 pounds. It included such amenities as a mahogany staircase.
Upon the death of John and Rosa Palmer, the house passed to James Palmer, grandnephew of John Palmer who brought his bride Ann Palmer to the mansion. To this point, tales about the Great House are not substantiated by documentation. There was a Rosa Palmer who died at the age of 72 and was a model of Christian virtue. According to research, Ann Palmer married to James (or possibly John) Palmer and was also a model wife.
However, the legends of the The White Witch of Rosehall, featured in the story by H.G. de Lisser (in his 1928 novel), have taken on a life of their own. The legendary Annie Palmer was a black magician trained in voodoo arts who murdered three husbands... and was reputed to have been strangled in her own bed by a voodoo priest from a neighboring plantation.
Her murder was in retaliation for the murder of the priest's granddaughter slave husband-to-be who was killed by Annie when she tired of him in her bed. This occurred at the beginning of the slave uprisings which stretch from 1831-1838.
There is no question that the Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica was heavily damaged during the 1831 rebellion by the slaves, although it is one of only 15 of the great houses which remained.
After passing through the hands of three owners, Rose Hall Great House was acquired by American millionaire John Rollins, who spent vast sums of money to restore the property to its former beauty in the 1960s. It boasts silk wallpapers, European antiques, chandeliers, mahogany floors, paneling and wooden ceilings.
A bar and restaurant are found downstairs at the Great House.
Today, Rose Hall, Jamaica is famous for its world class Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, golf course and finally, the ghost-busters who come prepared to capture ghostly images on film or digital memory cards.
Numerous websites portray images captured during visits to the Great House. Most images are blurry reflections in mirrors of ghostly figures... or images of items in a mirror on film which did not exist in the mirror or in the room at the time the picture was taken.
So, if you ever get the chance to visit the Rose Hall Great House, go by all means. You may well discover whether or not it's HAUNTED. Boo!
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My First Visit To The Rose Hall Great House
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The Missing Glasses
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When I went to Rose Hall Great House on a school trip my friends and I were scared. But that didn't stop Ashley one of my friends from taking pictures …
The last part of this article about mirrors and images give me the creeps!!!!!!!!
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OF ALL MY PAINTINGS OF HOUSES THE ROSE HALL GREAT HOUSE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF THEM ALL. WHILE PAINTING THE FIRST GREAT HOUSE I WAS NOT CERTAIN ABOUT …
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Having read a variety of tales regarding the Rose Hall Great House and Annie Palmer, I made a point to visit there during my trip to Jamaica. Being …
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In 2006 my husband and I visited Rose Hall on the last day of our holiday, I felt a strange feeling as being guided around the house, espeacially in the …
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I was on a trip to Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay with my school last year '08. We entered the gates as our tour guide told us about the history …