Greenwood Great House
Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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10:00 - 16:00
Monday
10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
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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.
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Arryn
Smithton, IL1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
Steeped in Jamaican Great House history this hidden gem is perched above the once upon a time sugar cane fields and commands a 180 degree view of the coast. As you gaze out upon the hillside below from the 70 foot long veranda you can well imagine the Barrett masters surveying their slave powered estate that stretched for 12 miles along the coast. “The master always sees” rings true and images come unbidden of power, wealth and the extreme poverty inflicted upon thousands of slaves.
This estate is now privately owned by a lovely older couple who’ve had it for 46 years now. Beneath its storied roof and behind walls that could tell stories you’ll find a gorgeous wood inlaid Edwardian Piano, a penny organ, a man trap, wind organ, music box that plays big discs, antique maps, floors of quarried Jamaican marble and so much more. Our entry fee was $20 and was money well spent. Don’t let the deteriorating roads and exterior of the home dissuade you. This estate has been kept up by one couple for 46 years and they’ve done a great job.
Written 16 October 2022
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Rachel B
We are happy you enjoyed your tour.
Written 17 October 2022
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Ro N
London, UK7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Amazing property with a lot of original features and pieces. The owner and tour guide really know their stuff and have a true passion for the site, the exhibits and the history. It brings into stark focus how much the British Empire and these well known historical figures benefited from the bloodshed, atrocities and exploitation of the slave era; unfortunately this is not discussed as much as it should in the UK.

Greenwood Great House is a real hidden gem and absolutely worth a visit far more than other sensationalist great houses on the island. Thank you Bob for your hospitality and warm welcome. Your love of Jamaica really comes across.
Written 27 June 2022
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Mark H
Washington DC, DC16 contributions
The house is a fascinating glimpse into the slave era of Jamaica. The tour guide is full of facts and can answer any question you come up with. I particularly appreciated the balanced and honest take of the tour on the nuanced and complex relationship between the Molten Barretts and their 2000 slaves. For example, we learned about “Whistler’s Way”, the path between the kitchen and dining hall, in which the enslaved workers had to whistle so that their masters knew that they were not eating the food. At the same time, the owners educated their slaves and so perhaps this was why this home was not burned down during the slave rebellion of 1831.

If you are interested in learning more about the country from a local, I recommend striking up a conversation with Bob, the owner and bartender. He has lived a worldly, well-informed man who has lived a fascinating life.
Written 6 February 2022
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JOYE C
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Jan 2022 • Couples
The site is somewhat challenging to get to as the road is poor. Ring the bell at the gate for service. The house gardens are enchanting. We enjoyed learning the history of the site and appreciated the unique furnishings. If you like musical technology, you will be able to see and hear several old pieces here including a wind harp and very early player pianos and record players. At the end, we enjoyed a refreshing drink from the bar. The views were amazing!
Written 5 January 2022
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John Smith
5 contributions
Feb 2020
A devoted and highly informed guide takes you through both a well-preserved masterpiece of colonial architecture and a slice of Jamaican history. Wonderful view of Falmouth and the sea beyond.
Written 11 February 2020
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CyndyandByron
Bridgeton, NJ910 contributions
Feb 2020
Jamaica's huge sugar plantations of the past were owned by wealthy families who lived in "Great Houses" and served by slaves until slavery was abolished in 1838. Many of the slaves remained as employees, but emancipation began the decline of this lifestyle. This Great House was founded by the wealthy Barrett family. They spared no expense in establishing a home with all of the comforts including exquisite art, a variety of musical instruments, fine furnishings, and a view of Montego Bay without rival. We were given a wonderful tour by Jenny who has celebrated her 42nd year sharing the history of this family and their home. We asked her more than once if there were "duppies", the Jamaican name for ghosts, and she assured us everything we saw and felt was real!
Written 10 February 2020
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GarethD176
Calgary, Canada16 contributions
Feb 2020
Very interesting tour of a historic house. Many antiques, some dating back to the 1700's. This great house was unique in that it was spared from damage during the countrywide slave revolts of the mid-1800's. It did not have the feel of a "tourist destination"; it felt quite authentic. We visited on a day when there were no cruise ships in Montego Bay, so we had the entire estate to ourselves. The tour guide was knowlegeable and gave a good tour. Super views of the coastline below.
Written 6 February 2020
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tammyhowlett
Belleville, Canada63 contributions
Jan 2020
this was a very cool and interesting place to visit.really enjoyed seeing all of the musical instruments. the architecture is amazing. was neat to learn about all of the history and culture of the Jamaica of the past.even though it was raining and cold the day of our visit wednesday jan 22 we had a great time and took lots of pictures. would definitely recommend a visit to this great house for anyone interested in learning about the rich history of the island and its people. thanks again for your hospitality. tammy stephanie and darlene.
Written 30 January 2020
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Paminthegower
Ottawa, Canada3 contributions
Dec 2019
Husband, daughter (young adult) and I love history and architecture and the tour of Greenwood Great House was a fascinating glimpse of colonial Jamaica. Thora is a wonderful guide, extremely knowledgeable and gracious. Beautiful rooms and historical items but also items and stories from the darker side of the slave era. The road up to the house sets the scene and the view is magnificent. A must see!
Written 20 January 2020
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Miguel
Jamaica6 contributions
Jan 2020
Very knowledgable local guide. Beautiful antiques! The guide related much of the history about the home. Well worth the time.
Written 20 January 2020
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