The Greenwood Great House is one of many old (and original) plantation homes still accessible from the 1800s. This property is of historical significance for two reasons: (1) it is situated on land given to Hersey Barrett after he captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655. Eventually, the family amassed 84,000 acres and assembled over 2,000 slaves to produce vast quantities of sugar. The house (unlike numerous other homes) was not destroyed during the slave rebellions of the 1830s which set fire to the dwellings of hated masters. The Barrett family’s most notable member was the author Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. Greenwood offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Caribbean and you can actually see the curve in the earth’s surface.
The second reason why Greenwood is noteworthy is that it possesses (or so it is said) two ghosts. Both of these shades have been photographed. One of the spirits is a former female slave and the other is simply known as the lady in grey.
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