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Devon House Mansion Tour

Admission fee:  US $10.00

7A DevonHouseGeorge 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.

In 1922 the Melhado family and later the Lindo family made the mansion their residence till 1965, after which the government of Jamaica had ownership. 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 underwent restoration in 1969, 1982, and 1987 and again in 2008. 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). Devon House was the recipient of the Jamaica Observer Food Award for “Culinary Destination 2010-2011” 7A Port Royal jamaicaDevon House was selected “4th Best Place in the World” to enjoy ice cream by National Geographic’s ‘Food Journeys of a Lifetime’ publication in 2011. A favorite amongst the royals of Britain’s House of Windsor, Devon House has played host to HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1982, TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in 2008 and HRH Prince Henry of Wales in 2012.

 

Today, tourists flock here to see the remnants of another era, enjoy fine restaurants and buy some souvenirs.

 

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