Do you believe in ghosts? Pay a visit to Rose Hall Great House and you might have an encounter with the White Witch…
Rose Hall Great House was built in the late eighteenth century by John Palmer, a British planter who set about creating a large sugarcane plantation. Years later, the house was left to his grandnephew (also John Palmer) and he and his new wife Annie took charge of it.
Annie, also known as the White Witch, was feared and hated by the slaves of the house. John Palmer, as well as Annie’s next two husbands, died under mysterious circumstances. Rumor has it that she also took on multiple slave lovers and killed each one as she got bored with them.
Not only did she dispose of her husbands and lovers, but she supposedly also enjoyed watching her slaves get tortured. Eventually, her evil ways caught up with her, however. She was killed in bed by an angry lover, who sought revenge for Annie having killed his granddaughter.
We learned about Annie and the house by taking a tour set up by Real Tours Jamaica. Norris, our guide, picked us up bright and early from the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. It was great to see him again, as we had already done two tours with RTJ already.
As we walked up to the colonial style home, the two flights of stone steps leading to the entrance hall caught our attention. It really is a grand home, with beautiful views of the ocean.
The two story house has a formal drawing room, dining room, and multiple bedrooms upstairs. There was also a dungeon underneath the house, which has since been converted into a small museum and restaurant.
Many people believe that Annie still haunts the house. There have been many sightings, strange noises, and even mysterious deaths on the property. While we were there, we didn’t see anything. But just hearing about Annie’s evil ways was enough to give us goosebumps.
We definitely recommend a visit to Rose Hall Great House. The tour takes about an hour, you learn a lot, and you get to see some really interesting items inside the house.
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**A big thank you to Norris and Real Tours Jamaica. We were offered the tour at a discounted rate, but as always, all opinions are our own. For tour inquiries, call 1-281-657-1444**