Five Historical Spots You Can Visit at Half Moon
Every inch of Half Moon teems with history. Remnants of the sugar plantation and loading dock it once was can be found in many places around the property. Here are just a few history-laden areas that you can see during your stay.
1. Sugar Mill Restaurant
Half Moon’s signature fine-dining restaurant is the epitome of the hotel’s history. It was built on the foundations of the former Running Gut Estate, a neighbor to a more infamous manor – the Rose Hall Great House. Look out for the working water wheel, built in the mid-17th century, which once powered the estate’s 50,000 acres.
2. 1934 Bridge
Located by the Rose Hall Villas, this bridge was once a part of the main road that snaked its way along the north coast, connecting Montego Bay to Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. A piece of history, it represents the first development of road infrastructure across the Island.
3. West Cottages
When Half Moon opened its doors in 1954, the resort consisted of a group of 17 white washed cottages and 30 beachfront rooms. Today, ten of the original West Cottages remain with their individual architecture, internal layout and style. Jackie Kennedy famously penned a handwritten will here – a framed version can be seen in the lobby.
4. The Cuban Refugee Boat
In March 1996, 15 Cuban refugees – 11 men, two women and two children – made landfall by what is now known as the East Cove at the Half Moon property. Their boat was restored and is maintained on their landing site as a reminder of those who risk their lives for their dream of freedom.
5. Half Moon Golf Course
50 years ago, renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. transformed the foothills of the western Jamaican coastline into an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course. Built on the same Running Gut Estate plantation that houses Sugar Mill, the course offers breathtaking views as you play the game.