5dn - North Coast Tour
Our North Coast Tour takes you across that part of Jamaica on which were located most of the plantations, so don't be surprised if you see the remains of a fort, plantation house or work house on your journey, as well as travelling on the land on which the enslaved were made to toil from dawn till dusk almost every day of their lives.
Day 1 – Arrival – Falmouth (o/n Falmouth)
The evening will comprise of a brief lecture to prepare all participants for the tour ahead. Refreshments will be served.
Day 2 - Falmouth – St James – Falmouth (o/n Falmouth)
Today we spend the travelling across the heart of the 1831 Baptist War led by Sam Sharpe, visiting churches established by New Yorker, Moses Baker. We will visit places of resistance: Retrieve plantation, Crooked Spring Chapel site, Salter’s Hill Chapel ruins, Vaughan’s Field, and Adelphi plantation. We will then travel to Montego Bay the site of Sharpe's execution, as well as the church in which he worshipped and was laid to rest. We will visit the Courthouse, gaol, harbour and town centre where there is a memorial to Sharpe and all of those who were executed. During this stop you will also have a little time to go shopping in the local market and shops. Our tour will conclude with a raft ride on the Martha Brae River.
Day 3 - Falmouth - Trelawny – St Ann - Ocho Rios (o/n Falmouth)
Today involves a visit to the churches and communities in the country areas established by African Americans John Gilbert, Moses Baker and George Gibb and which continue to have congregations descended from those first Ethiopian Baptists. With an early start our day begins at Falmouth Baptist Chapel the resting place of William Knibb, the onlyJamaican national hero who hails from Britain. We will then drive through Clarke’s Town and Jackson Town, places of resistance during the Baptist War, before visiting Stewart Town, Brown’s Town, and Gibraltar Baptist churches where as recently as 1888 an Ethiopian Baptist left for the mission field via the American Baptist Missionary Society. The day will conclude in Falmouth with an evening cruise on the famous glistening waters to take in the famous luminous lagoon.