George Stiebel, described as Jamaica’s first millionaire, had modest origins. His father was a German Jew and his mother a Jamaican housekeeper. He worked as a carpenter and a shipwright and made his fortune in gold mining in South America.
Upon his return to Jamaica, he bought 99 properties, one of which was Devon Penn. The mansion was commissioned in 1881, and was built on the foundations of the Rectory of the St. Andrew Parish Church at Devon Penn.
The house was saved from last minute demolition by then Minister of Development – Hon. Edward Seaga. Devon House was then used to showcase crafts and furniture and hosted the National Gallery of Art in 1968.
The mansion was declared a national monument by the Jamaican National Heritage Trust in September 1990. Today, the former buildings and lawns from Mr. Stiebel’s days are being used, i.e., the horse and carriage stable and blacksmith shop (The Grog Shoppe); staff quarters (Courtyard Shops); kitchen (Devon House Bakery); pool (Guilt Restaurant located on the terrace – kitchen and pantry); tennis court (East Lawns) and the race track (portion of the parking lot). And host the Famous Devon House I Scream shop
Today, tourists flock here to see the remnants of another era, enjoy fine restaurants and buy some souvenirs.
Admission fee: US $15.00 per person
Tour Duration :- 60 Minutes