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Liberty Hill Great House was built in 1740 and is a Historical House set on 25 acres of land, 1200 feet above sea level, and boasts views of both mountain and the Caribbean Sea as well as the cities of St. Ann’s Bay and Drax Hall.
The property has 3 private suits with bathrooms for our guests. We have walking trails, gardens, pool and spa. Liberty Hill Great House accommodates 3 couples and up to ten single overnight guests on an all-inclusive basis. (If your party is larger we can make accommodations at one of our associate property). It is the perfect destination for rest and relaxation, peace and tranquility, weddings, corporate meetings, retreats, outings and other social events.
The Tranquility Garden at Liberty Hill Great House boasts one of the largest collections of exotic flowers in Jamaica including: Haliconia, Ginger, Orchid and palms just to name a few. Every variety of tropical fruits and plants such as banana, coconut, breadfruit, pimento, Papaya and more can be found at Liberty Hill Great House. This property lives up to St. Ann’s Parish identity –the Garden Parish. On the property we farm our own produce which provides our guest fresh fruits and vegetables. We continue the tradition of harvesting the pimento during the season as well as using the pimento in some of our spa products. It must be noted that most product used in the spa has an ingredient grown on the property.
Liberty Hill Great House Resort & Spa is truly a fascinating resort for a spa getaway focused upon renewal and rejuvenation. Come to Liberty Hill Great House Resort & Spa to Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate and take back your life. It is a resort spa retreat that will definitely stay with you long after you depart.
Liberty Hill Great House sits 1200 feet above sea level on 25 acres, just minutes from the historical town of St. Ann's Bay. It is an old pimento plantation.
- The Parish of St. Ann is one of the oldest populated areas in Jamaica tracing back to 600 - 650 A.D. It is believed to be the earliest Taino/Arawak settlement in Jamaica. It is also believed that these indigenous people of Jamaica, the Arawak Indians lived on the site of Liberty Hill Great House. The Tainos found the property to be a useful vantage point, (1200 ft. elevation) ideal for observing approaching ships.
- When Christopher Columbus first came to Jamaica in 1494, he landed on the shores of St. Ann. He returned to Jamaica on his fourth voyage and was eventually marooned for one year at St. Ann's Bay (June 1503 - June 1504.)
Quote from Historic Jamaica
- a resident of Lime Hall, 1927...
"The old greathouse of Liberty Hill in St. Ann, stands on a rising about 2.5 miles north of St. Ann's Bay, a short distance from the main road between Lime Hall village and the Bay, on the right hand. Almost opposite to the turning into Liberty Hill lies a curve and high embankment, which, in my childhood days was massed with the most luxuriant display of maidenhair ferns. In those days whenever I was resident at my grand-parents home of Lime Hall, after which property the village was re-named (it was originally Clark's Town) a walk to Liberty Hill to visit the then owners, the four Stennett sisters, was always a source of real pleasure and remains a memory that is indelible.
The Stennett Sisters
At that time the sisters, Miss Annie, Miss Winnie, Miss Dora, and Miss Georgiana, although aged with snow-white hair, nevertheless took an active part in the life of the village, Miss Winnie being the organist at the small church. Their library of ancient literature had a strange fascination for me and in those days when books were hard to come by in the remote country areas, I always came home from a visit to them laden with reading material from their shelves. Tea on the wide veranda at Liberty Hill from which one obtained an alluring view was always a memorable occasion too. The large stone slabs on the veranda were figured with many strange markings supposedly having some connection with the days of slavery.
The house, which is on a rising of over 900ft, is bungalow in type, with an attic on the upper floor at the rear of the house. In the front a very wide, long flight of stone steps leads down into the garden and lawn, giving the whole a most picturesque setting.
The view extends from Seville, the original Spanish settlement on the west, as far as Port Maria on the east, including Don Christopher's Cove. It is both an extensive and unusually beautiful outlook, and the atmosphere an admixture of sea and country air, is most invigorating.
We are told that the place originally belonged to a family, Tracey by name, who also owned the sugar estate of Windsor, not far distant and that it was used by them for a change in the hot weather. The Traceys were the ancestors of the Stennett family and a village nearby is named Traceyville. There was too, a property called Tracey which was run by my grandfather, the late Joseph Dussard Ormsby of Lime Hall and Endeavour, somewhere around the 1880s, which I think may have been this same place. So far as I know it was leased and not owned by him.
The Stennett family occupied Liberty Hill from about 1830. Dr. Stennett, the head of the family and the father of the four old ladies I have already mentioned was the member in Spanish Town for the parish of St. Ann. It is said that Dr. Stennett nearly fought a dual with Captain Barrett over a row they had in Spanish Town. Captain Barrett was an ancestor of the Moulton-Barretts, who also sat in the House.
In Historic Jamaica we learn that in the year 1912 an Arawak kitchen, midden (midden - an area of an archeological site that contains domestic refuse...food waste, broken pottery, etc. indicating long term human occupation) was discovered, situated at the top of the hill upon which Liberty Hill stands, which was of peculiar interest. It is thought that the Arawak attached to this midden supplied Columbus and his men with food. The midden covered an area of about half-an-acre at the brow of the hill on which the greathouse stands. The richest collection of remains was found just outside the garden gate on the carriage drive, where they first came to light when a new carriage way was being made to facilitate the then new form of transportation in the advent of motor cars.
It is thought possible that some of the pottery dug up may have been used to cook the very food with which Columbus was served.
We are also told in Historic Jamaica that the pieces unearthed at Liberty Hill (which are to be seen at The Institute of Jamaica), afford good examples of decoration in the handles especially. One is distinctly fashioned like a parrot's head, another has a curious serrated edge not until then found in Jamaica. The bowls were found to vary in thickness from three-sixteenths of an inch to half an inch, but pieces of flat cooking slabs were found as thick as one inch. The pottery on the whole seemed better baked than that usually found." To quote from Historic Jamaica, 1926.
Today, St Ann's Bay is a modern city, rich with historical sites. It is one of the few places you can still hear the old church bells ring as a call to worship and toll for those who have passed on. On any given Friday or Saturday evening you can expect to hear a waft of Reggae music drifting across the mountains from the town signaling and celebrating the end of the work week...it is truly then "Jamaica No Problem."
For over 200 years, Liberty Hill Great House, perched 1,200 feet above sea level, overlooks the town of St Ann's Bay, Draxhall and the Caribbean Sea. Today, its grandeur has been restored to not only tell a story, but to provide the perfect place for rest and relaxation for those who wish to unwind under its roof. Liberty Hill Great House is built on an old Plantation and was first listed in 1786 as a pimento plantation. The Liberty Hill plantation house and pimento barbeques have survived that era and can still be seen on the site. In 1802, the plantation continued to cultivate pimento, but the records indicate that there was also the cultivation of coffee. By 1830, however, coffee was no longer mentioned as one of the crops cultivated on the plantation. By then the property had also changed hands.
The records indicate that in 1938, Liberty Hill Great House plantation had changed hands. After over 100 years of ownership by the Stennett family, the property was then acquired by Violet Syer. Pimento and banana cultivation and cattle rearing continued at the site. By 1945, cocoa cultivation was an added feature on the plantation. In the 1960s the property passed from Violet Syer to Leslie Nathan.
Liberty Hill Great House was also associated with the first inhabitants. In 1912 a Taino midden was discovered at the top of the hill where the plantation house stands. The midden covered an area of about half an acre. The collection of remains was uncovered when a new driveway was being made. According to Cundall, the pieces unearthed at Liberty Hill Great House afford good examples of decoration in the handles for pottery especially. One is distinctly fashioned like a parrot's head; another has a curious serrated edge not until then found in Jamaica. The bowls were found to vary in thickness from three-sixteenth of an inch to half of an inch. The pottery on the whole also seemed better baked than that usually found. The artifacts are presently housed at the Institute of Jamaica.
Liberty Hill Great House is a Licensed Tourist Entity and National Monument. It has been designated a National Treasure by the Jamaica Heritage Society.
Today, Liberty Hill Great House is owned by Jennifer Kerr a transplanted Jamaican who resided in the U.S. for years before returning to Jamaica. According to Mrs. Kerr, when she saw Liberty Hill Great House she knew this was the place for her because it fits into her dream of creating an environment dedicated to Peace, tranquility and relaxation. Hence the Liberty Hill Great House Resort & Spa came to life as a perfect destination for physical and emotional health and wellness.
The Great House accommodates up to ten people on an all-inclusive basis. It is the perfect destination for weddings, corporate meetings, conferences and retreats, birthday celebrations, wedding showers, baby showers tea parties and other social events.
Take a step back in time to witness and feel over 200 years of family life as seen from within the walls of a historic home built in 1740. Take a tour of this magnificent historic house and learn about the families that lived in the house during the last two centuries.
Liberty Hill Great House sits 1200 feet above sea level on 25 acres, just minutes from the historical town of St. Ann's Bay. Liberty Hill Great House was built in 1740. It is an old pimento plantation. The Parish of St. Ann is one of the oldest populated areas in Jamaica tracing back to 600 - 650 A.D. It is believed to be the earliest Taino/Arawak settlement in Jamaica.
When Christopher Columbus first came to Jamaica in 1494, he landed on the shores of St. Ann. In 1912 an Arawak kitchen, midden was discovered, situated at the top of the hill upon which Liberty Hill stands. It is thought that the Arawak attached to this midden supplied Columbus and his men with food.
Tour The Gardens… Liberty Hill boasts one of the largest collections of exotic flowers in Jamaica... Haliconia, Ginger, Orchid and exotic Palms, Jasmine, Jade, Hibiscus, Ornamental Rubber, Pimento and various herbal plants, just to name a few. Every variety of tropical fruits can be found at Liberty Hill. This property lives up to the name of its parish location – St. Ann…The Garden Parish.
Lunch on the Verandah: Enjoy a delicious lunch of food grown on Liberty Hill plantation high up in the mountains overlooking the amphitheater gardens while enjoying the breathtaking, 180 degree view of the Caribbean Sea.
The view extends from Seville, the original Spanish settlement on the west, as far as Port Maria on the east, including Don Christopher's Cove. It is both an extensive and unusually beautiful outlook, and the atmosphere an admixture of sea and country air, is most invigorating. "The breathtaking view of the sea seems endless until it flawlessly merges with the sky". Jamaica Gleaner Life Style.