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CrazyFruits » Jamaican's History & Events pieces from the past » HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN JAMAICA


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1bat HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN JAMAICA on Thu 7 Jan 2010 - 17:19


Back River Anglican ChurchKnown as the parish church, this beautiful brick edifice built in 1837 is located at the corner of High and North Streets. The remains of the original church built in 1774 are still visible at the site. Interred in the churchyard are many noted individuals who helped to shape the course and fortune of the parish. Invercauld Great House Located on High Street, Invercauld is a fine example of late Jamaica Georgian Architecture. It is a reminder of Black River’s prosperity a century ago, when logwood and shipping brought wealth to the town. Built over 115 years ago, it has been restored and is presently used as a focal point to a hotel.[url= openEmailWindow();][/url][url= openEmailWindow();]Email to a friend[/url]Post a CommentPrinter-friendly
The Jamaica Savings Bank building on Jamaica Avenue has twice been denied landmark status by city organizations.
The Jamaica Savings Bank building in the heart of downtown Jamaica anchors a portion of the borough that has its fair share of history. But after three attempts to landmark the building, it may be destined to see contemporary upgrades unless a deal can be struck between the owner and the Landmarks Preseveration Commission.
STURTEVANTBuilding Destroyed by Fire

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[/font][/color]History of Falmouth, Jamaica

Falmouth, capital of the Parish of Trelawny, is situated on Jamaica’s north coast near Montego Bay.
Founded by Thomas Reid in 1769, Falmouth flourished as a county seat and market center for the Parish of Trelawny for forty years. Jamaica had become the world's leading sugar producer. The town was named after the birthplace of His Excellency Sir William Trelawny, Falmouth, Cornwall, England, and is noted for being one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved historic towns.

During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Falmouth was one of the busiest ports in Jamaica. It was home to masons, carpenters, tavern-keepers, mariners, planters and others. It was a wealthy town in a wealthy parish with a rich racial mix. This was the heyday of King Sugar. Within the parish, nearly one hundred plantations were actively manufacturing sugar and rum for export to England. Jamaica had become the world's leading sugar producer. In Falmouth Harbor as many as 30 tall-ships could be seen on any given day, delivering goods and slaves, and loading their holds with rum and sugar manufactured on nearby plantations.

Starting in 1840, Falmouth’s post-emancipation fortunes as a commercial center declined. This decline and lack of support for development has left many of its early buildings standing. The streets are lined with many small houses known for their unique fretwork and windows, major merchant and planter complexes, and commercial buildings, all dating from 1790 to 1840.

While Falmouth saw little commercial advancement after the 1840’s, houses continued to be built. The town’s buildings, the old and the not so old, make up the historic townscape of Falmouth. These shared characteristics weave the varied building styles into a distinctive pattern of early Jamaican architecture, and a critical mass of each variety makes the town an unusually distinctive place.

Within the Falmouth Historic District lies the largest intact collection of Georgian buildings – unparalleled in the entire Caribbean. There survive many small houses known for their unique gingerbread fretwork and jalousie windows, major merchant and planter complexes, and commercial buildings, all dating from 1769 to 1840.

Market Street is lined with the largest coherent group of colonnaded commercial buildings in Jamaica. This contrasts dramatically with Falmouth’s residential areas, where rich and poor lived close to one another in a common pre-industrial manner. As a result, there are small wooden houses and brick Georgian mansions scattered throughout what is now officially designated as the Falmouth Historic District.

Today, a visit to Falmouth is like a walk through history: every house, every corner, and every street is filled with stories of Jamaica’s rich history.

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2bat Re: HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN JAMAICA on Fri 8 Jan 2010 - 11:28


Some of these buildings remind of when I was in the UK,

3bat Re: HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN JAMAICA on Mon 1 Mar 2010 - 15:17


Im glad that I wasnt born in those days

things were so much harder back then

4bat Re: HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN JAMAICA on Mon 1 Mar 2010 - 15:20


were you born in jamaica?

I was born in America but grew up in

Jamaica king

5bat Re: HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN JAMAICA on Sun 25 Apr 2010 - 2:15



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