OVERVIEW: Explore the historic town of Falmouth on foot, the best way to learn about its rich heritage. HIGHLIGHTS: Discover the little known history including how Falmouth got running water before New York City. View Georgian architecture, including the grand courthouse built in 1815. NOTES: Guests will walk on paved roads and sidewalks for a total of 2 miles.
Experience the historic town of Falmouth on foot to have the best possible comprehension its rich heritage.
- Discover the little known history of Falmouth on a leisurely paced walking tour.
The only way for you to experience the historic town of Falmouth is to explore it on foot. This architectural gem, located between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay on Jamaica’s north coast, has been listed as one of the world’s 100 most endangered monuments 4 times in the last decade.
A guided leisurely paced walk will take you along streets laid out in a grid plan in the mid 1700’s. Discover the little-known history of this town that is over 240 years old and what made it a rich and significant port in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Learn how Falmouth got running water before New York City and how the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was connected to the town.
Hear how the movement to abolish slavery was essentially founded in Falmouth and visit the grave of the famous abolitionist William Knibb. Find out more about the Jewish residents, their long presence on the island, and how they were integrated into the society of 19th century Falmouth. View Georgian architecture that was adapted to local conditions to create a unique island style, which is still remarkably preserved, including the grand courthouse built in 1815 and the 1796 Anglican parish church.
What to Bring:
- You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
- Sun protection
- Money for incidentals
What to Wear:
- Recommend wearing light clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
- Guests will walk on paved roads and sidewalks for a total of 2 miles. A section by the former fort is unpaved. The courthouse has 29 steps to the top of the staircase and the Anglican church has 6 steps.