Continuing on in my parish project, one of my readers suggested I move clockwise from where I started with Westmoreland. That would take us to Hanover. This post will be short because I haven’t spent much time in Hanover but as I found out with Westmoreland, word travels and readers have much to add.
Things I’ve Learned in Hanover
– The parish is bordered by St James and Westmoreland and is Jamaica’s smallest parish.
– I learned about and attended my first Jamaican jerk festival in the town of Lucea in 2008. The Hanover jerk festival was more of an entertainment event which surprised me because I thought a jerk festival would have been more about the food. Regardless, it was a really cool small scale outdoor concert with fabulous entertainment. In hindsight, after attending some major music and dance events in Jamaica I prefer the smaller, more intimate ones. I’m not much of a “huge crowd” fan.
– I’m pretty sure I saw one of the last live performances of Ninja Man in Hanover, before he went to prison. He has since been released (in 2012).
– Hanover is home to one of the most beautiful and exclusive golf courses in the world – Tryall Club. Driving past the Tryall resort and golf area is BEAUTIFUL! It is a long, straight stretch of highway that is shaded by an umbrella of trees that arch over top the road. It’s such a pretty spot to drive through and reminds me of Bamboo Avenue in St Elizabeth.
– Lucea is the capital of this parish and happens to be one of the neatest little towns to walk around. If you happen to be en route to Negril you will pass through Lucea. Either drive yourself so you can stop and explore or try to coerce your bus driver to stop and let you “do” Lucea. There are a lot of cool historical buildings in this bustling little town and plenty of photo opportunities.
– I discovered Bubbles; one of the friendliest bars/cafes I’ve ever randomly run across while driving aimlessly.
– I unwillingly discovered one of those Jamaican lotto scam groups that happens to be from Hanover.
– Although I’ve never been to it nor seen it, Fort Charlotte is an old naval fort dating back to the 1700’s. Jamaica has a ton of historical forts and battle sights and this one is said to be one of the best kept ones.
That concludes what I know or have learned about the parish of Hanover – I know it was short. Sadly, it’s mostly just been a place I’ve driven through on my way to somewhere else. I know I have readers who are either residents of this parish, or frequent visitors so I’m sure more info is going to pop up in the comments below. If you have something to add PLEASE share and post them below in the comments! Thanks!