Rose Hall Great House is a restored mansion in Jamaica said to be haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer, also known as the White Witch.

The White Witch Of Rose Hall Great House

Do you believe in ghosts? Pay a visit to Rose Hall Great House and you might have an encounter with the White Witch…


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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.


Rose Hall Great House


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.


View from the balcony of Rose Hall Great House
From this balcony, Annie watched as her slaves were tortured.


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.


Annie Palmer's bedroom


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 front of Rose Hall Great House

The view from Rose Hall Great House


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.


dining and drawing room inside Rose Hall Great House

staircase inside Rose Hall Great House

artifacts of Rose Hall Great House


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.


the grave of annie palmer
Here lies the body of Annie Palmer.


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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Rose Hall Great House is a restored mansion in Jamaica said to be haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer, also known as the White Witch.


Have you ever been to Rose Hall Great House or any other haunted houses? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂


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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**


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  1. Looks like a great place! So elegant and colonial despite all the morbid history around it. If only walls could speak huh!

    1. That would really be an interesting conversation! lol

  2. This woman sounds insane!! Crazy to you can visit the house knowing that kind of history – it wouldn’t surprise me if it was still haunted – she would probably get her kicks out of terrifying tourists lol

  3. I do not believe in ghosts but if I stayed at that hotel I still do not wanna stay by myself, haha. Would love to visit with somebody, though. Very interesting to have a place with a “history”.

  4. Not the typical post about tours in Jamaica! What an interesting place to visit. We tend to stay away from haunted houses as the kids are still very young with extremely wild imaginations but when they are a older I can see us being very interested in visiting this place.

    1. Yeah, I can understand that. It might be a little scary for them. But in a few years, you should definitely check it out. 😉

  5. I had never heard of Rose Hall Great House but reading about evil Annie gave me goose bumps. Nevertheless, I feel it would be an interesting place to visit and learn more about the history.

  6. What a gorgeous mansion and what an interesting story! A ghost gives a lot more appeal to the place, doesn’t it? I would love to visit Jamaica and if I ever make it there I’ll make sure to visit the Rose Hall Great House. Looks like a beautiful place with a lot of history.

    1. I hope you’re able to go Anda, it really is a special place. 🙂

  7. Yikes! I have the creeps through my computer! I love visiting historical places and often assume there are ghost stories that go along with an old property. But, I would not like to meet Annie’s ghost! Too scary for me.

    1. They have night tours as well, but that I definitely won’t do!

  8. Fascinating story about the history of the house and Annie Palmer. Not sure I believe in ghosts, but would not want to spend the night in the house anyway 🙂

  9. Ahh I always love ghost stories. Not sure if I actually believe in them but then again, why not …

    1. lol I’d rather not take any chances though! 😉

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