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Browns Town Jamaica
The Historical, Laid Back North Coast Town

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Heading Into Browns Town JamaicaHeading Into Browns Town Jamaica

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Have you ever travelled from Kingston or Ocho Rios to Montego Bay or vice versa? Well, along your way you would have passed through a few places in the parish of St. Ann, such as the popular towns of Discovery Bay and Runaway bay, located on the main.

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One town you would have missed though, is the relatively small town of Brown's Town, just a short turn-off from the main road, leading to Ocho Rios.

While not a large city, this small town is always bustling with people going from one place to the next. The town also has a KFC location, making it the perfect place to grab a bite and use the rest area as you move from one city to the next.

History of Brown's Town Jamaica

Hamilton Brown, who the town was named after, passed away in 1843 and is buried in the neighbourhood Anglican church. Most of the land in the region, including Minard Estate, belonged to him. Huntley, New Hope, Orange Valley, Belleair, and Retreat were nearby estates.

Following the abolition of slavery in the middle of the 19th century, Browns Town gained prominence as a major market location. Around the town, there were several free settlements, including Aberdeen, Buxton, Egypt, Goshen, Liberty Valley, Sturge Town, and Trysee.

The market gave the locals a place to sell their produce, drawing patrons from different parts of the island. Customers flocked to the Friday and Saturday marketplaces, which resulted in significant commercial growth. On Christmas Eve, the Grand Market received especially strong support.

The Launch Of Evangelism and Medical Missions In Brown's Town Jamaica

Born in Scotland in 1851, Dr. James Johnston arrived in Jamaica in 1874. In 1876, he launched the Jamaican Evangelical Mission. Johnston founded nine churches, but Brown's Town served as the hub of his medical mission and religious gatherings.

Before departing to explore Africa, Johnston was elected to serve as St Ann's Parish's political representative.

He brought a group of Jamaicans to England in the 1890s so they could equip themselves for a 4,500-mile, 20-month voyage through south-central Africa.

An 1893 book that documented their expedition included photographs and detailed descriptions. Numerous of the photos were turned into postcards, which have since become rare collectables.

In St. Ann, Brown's Town is regarded as the centre of education. Pre-tertiary and tertiary courses from the University of Technology, Jamaica and the University of the West Indies are available at Brown's Town Community College, which is situated in the town.

The Huntley Hotel once stood there, followed by the Servite Convent of the Assumption, which ran a girls' prep school and a secondary school. Brown's Town High School, St. Hilda's Diocesan High School for Girls, and York Castle High School are the three secondary schools located there.

The sole facility for the hearing challenged outside of Kingston was St. Christopher School for the Deaf. Today, the Anglican Church uses it as a retreat centre.

In addition to private medical services, Brown's Town has a health centre and a public health service. The community is additionally served by the Alexandria Hospital and the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.

Football, cricket, netball, track and field, cycling, and lawn tennis are all popular activities in Brown's Town, with many competitions taking place in Addison Park.

What to do in Brown's Town Jamaica?

Dunn's River Falls | Ocho Rios (Nearby Browns Town Jamaica)Dunn's River Falls | Ocho Rios (Nearby Browns Town Jamaica)

There isn’t much to do in Brown’s Town, especially if you are not a local. You will find a few restaurants and clubs to visit though. However, because of its location, if you plan on staying in Brown's Town you will find that you are in close proximity to quite a few exciting places. Staying in Brown's Town is a great way to control how much of the "action" in nearby Ocho Rios you are apart of. There aren't any prominent guest houses or hotels directly in the area though.

If you are looking to relax, the Puerto Seco beach is just a few miles away in Discovery Bay. For a thrilling, heart-pumping adventure, the Mystic Mountain Adventure Park and Rainforest is a few miles away in Ocho Rios with the famous Dunn’s River right next door. For a little nighttime fun and adventure, Margaritaville and Shades, night club are also located in Ocho Rios.

For those who are fond of an exhilarating car race or drifting show, the infamous Dover Race Track is just a few minutes drive north of Brown’s Town.

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Browns Town Jamaica | Written: July 25th, 2022

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