Falmouth is one of Jamaica’s most historic town. The town has been declared not only a National Heritage Site, but, also a United Nations World Heritage Site. It is the proud capital of the parish of Trelawny. There are some unique highlights of Trelawny: its capital Falmouth, is the home the most Georgian buildings in Jamaica; historically, it is the home of large-scale sugar production in Jamaica; it is the birthplace of Jamaica’s world class, top-performing and world record sprinter Usain Bolt; and it is the home of the ‘Cockpit Country’ which is a 500 square mile wet lime-forest.
At first, the capital of Trelawny (in the 1700s) was Martha Brae. Falmouth took the place of Martha Brae some time around 1790. The early development of Falmouth is largely owed to two wealthiest plantation-owning families, the Barrett’s and the Tharpes. Both families especially contributed to the social and infrastructural development of the town.
Today, visitors to Falmouth can see many of the town’s Georgian buildings, some have been skillfully and beautifully restored, while some are in ruins.
Visitors to Falmouth will be in for a treat of Falmouth’s rich history, and will be able to take advantage of all the tours and attractions that Falmouth has to offer. For the very adventurous, Falmouth’s central location could mean easy trips to Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and even Negril.