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What to do in Jamaica: A Visit with the White Witch of Rose Hall

Recently I went to the Rose Hall Great House, which is famous for being haunted by Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall. It is an amazing property that has recently begun offering weddings on the grounds which I can totally envision! Gorgeous background, rich history, what a story to tell!

That’s the view from the veranda  Can you imagine getting married in that lower courtyard there with that backdrop on a bright and sunny day like this? Or up on the balcony and the steps with the house as the backdrop? Amazing!

Inside the ballroom our guide took us through the history of the house, the first owners and Annie Palmer. I felt a little queasy as she spoke on all slave history and how Annie used them as lovers until she killed them off along with her husbands. Apparently, the slaves named her “white witch” because she came over from Haiti with voodoo and she treated them all really terribly.

The greatest of Jamaican great houses, the Rose Hall Great House has a story with all the elements of an engaging novel. Built in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, it eventually became the residence of their grandnephew, John Rose Palmer. In 1820, Palmer married Annie, a beautiful but feisty English girl.

Little did John know that his young wife possessed “black magic” powers that would eventually lead to his demise. During her reign as mistress of the plantation, Annie did away with two more husbands and countless lovers. “The White Witch of Rose Hall” has fascinated generations, and even today, there are those who claim to see Annie passing through the Great House.

This is a tiny synopsis, the story as told by the guide is thrilling, you have to hear it for yourself. I took this from the official website where you can see a few photos of weddings they’ve held there. Simply gorgeous. Now let me tell you, I have combed these pics with fine tooth hoping that Annie would appear in my images, but I think she may be finally tired of walking the halls and was at rest that day. A few of the pics:

I would go through and give you the history behind each as it was fascinating but hey, go view the tour! They even have night time tours by candlelight…..spooky!!! There was a sign outside letting us know that a play depicting the story was also showing so if you’re not the tour-guide type, I’m sure a play will be so much more entertaining! I wanna go see the play! Of course, they turned the dungeon into a bar -__- so you can go on down to where slaves were once left to bleed out and die to have you a drink or two of witches brew. Did I ruin it for you? Sorry.

Rose Hall Great House

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