From the pier, a scenic drive takes you to Rose Hall Great House, an outstanding relic of colonial times with a fascinating history of dark rumor and intrigue. The story of Annee Palmer, the mistress of Rose Hall Great House, is not easily forgotten! In the 1700s, a woman's route to wealth and power was usually via marriage, and Annee Palmer was no exception.
Born in France, Annie was a petite woman (barely 4 feet tall, it is said) who moved to the beautiful island of Jamaica to be the wife of a powerful man who owned Rose Hall and thousands of acres of sugar plantation. It is also said that Annee Palmer had three husbands during her reign as mistress of the Rose Hall Plantation and each of them died a sudden and violent death. The slaves who worked on the plantation believed Annie had done away with each husband. Although she maintained her innocence, she gained a reputation for extreme cruelty and her White Witch of Rose Hall nickname.
Annie was feared by the slaves who lived on and worked the plantation. She ruled with an iron fist, and defiance or even perceived insolence was answered with public whippings, torture in the dungeon, or even death. According to local legend, following her untimely death at the hands of her slave lover, Annee’s restless spirit still roams the grounds. Accounts of her enduring presence have been featured on the TV programs “Ghost Hunters International” and World’s Scariest Places”.
Departing the Rose Hall Great House, a stop will be made at the Shoppes at Rose Hall where duty-free items including watches, crystal, Italian handbags, Indian silks, Jamaican rum, liquors and liqueurs are sold.