On my first full day in Jamaica, we left the gorgeous RIU Montego BayResort and headed to the most famous haunted house in Jamaica–Rose Hall Great House. I didnt know much about the ghost story attached to the mansion, except that it was about a White Witch. Driving up, the home was breathtaking. It sits on a hilltop with stunning views of the Caribbean sea and surrounding areas. EVERY window’s view could be a postcard picture.
Turns out that the White Witch was named Annie Palmer and it is believed that she 3 husbands and mulitiple lovers in the home, before being murdered there herself. The home was purchased and restored in grand fashion back in the 70s/80s and is now a museum, complete with costumed tour guides who recant the tales in eerie fashion. As they pointed out rooms where murders took place, I shuddered. I didn’t get the wazrm and fuzzies from that place. There are period antiques mixed in with the orginal possessions of Annie.
Near the end of the tour, you enter the basement through a tiny tunnel. There, they’ve collected letters from visitors who have gotten home and developed film from Rose Hall with macabre results–faces and shadows appearing where they shouldn’t have been. There’s also a bar in the basement, where one can purchase drinks named for Annie and her victims. Some of the bloggers on the trip with me did exactly that. I passed on it. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Annie is also buried on the grounds. <Shudder again> I toured the home during the day, I would NOT go on one of the night tours that they offer. Have at it!
Check out my slideshow for breathtaking pictures.
Disclosure: I was a guest of the Jamaica Tourist Board for this trip. They covered my travel, lodging, meals, and activities. All opinions are my own.