Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Jamaican Attraction: The White Witch of Rose Hall's House (Montego Bay)

The White Witch, Annie Palmer, is a character in Jamaican folklore. According to legend, she was a beautiful but spoiled young white woman who arrived on the island as the wife of the owner of Rose Hall Plantation, east of Montego Bay. Annie's husband, and several husbands afterwards, all died suspiciously. Annie became known as a mistress of voodoo, using it to terrorize her slaves, while she took male slaves into her bed at night and subsequently murdered them. The legend has her dying during the slave uprisings of the 1830s.

While there is little evidence that Annie Palmer actually existed, the house is real (seen above), and has been restored as a tourist site.

Be sure to visit this great house.

See You in Jamaica.

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