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Just 20 minutes from Montego Bay, looking out across the Caribbean Sea and green hills inland, sits the Georgian plantation building – Rose Hall Great House.

Rose Hall Great House makes for a great day out, whether you want to learn more about Jamaica’s history, play a round of golf or you’re there for a wedding or anniversary party.

The History of Rose Hall Great House

Rose Hall Great House was built in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, and today has been restored to its former glory, filled 18th century decor and antique furniture.

Tour the property by day or, if you’re feeling brave, by night for a completely different experience. By day you’ll learn about the history of Rose Hall Great House and all its myths and legends. By night, the candlelit tour is filled with spooky tales of love and witchcraft.

The Legend of Rose Hall Great House

The story goes that Rose Hall Great House was passed down to John’s grandnephew John Rose Palmer, who moved to the house with his English bride, Annee in 1820. Annee, they say, was a witch with magical powers who killed John Rose, two more husbands after him and her numerous lovers. Legend has it that Annee still roams the corridors of Rose Hall.

After your tour, head down to the dungeons to the Annee Pub and enjoy a glass of witch’s brew, said to help banish evil spirits from the house.

The Johnny Cash Connection

After Rose Hall Great House, head for nearby Cinnamon Hill. Once owned by the 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the house at Cinnamon Hill was holiday home of singers Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in the 1970s. And Johnny Cash’s song The Ballad of Annee Palmer was inspired by the story of the white witch.

Championship Golf Courses near Rose Hall

If house tours aren’t for you, maybe try out one of Rose Hall’s two championship golf courses – the White Witch Golf Course and Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Both courses were designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril and were named among the Best Golf Courses in the World by Golfer Magazine.