Harmony Hall Great House

Harmony Hall Great House, Jamaica

Our Visit to the Harmony Hall Great House

Our trip to Harmony Hall Great House, one of Jamaica’s most beautiful buildings, was well worth it, if for no other reason than for a meal at the world famous Toscanini’s Restaurant, which is located on the first floor of the house. I had an excellent Rabbit Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta along with excellent pumpkin soup. My wife, Bonita, enjoyed Spaghetti with Shrimp Versailles as well as one of the best cups of coffee in her life.

The Harmony Hall Great House was built in the late 1850s on a plantation growing pimentos and limes. The plantation later shifted to bananas in 1910 and coconuts in 1938. Eventually, the house became the manse of a Methodist church and the home of Sir Hugh Sherlock when he served on the Methodist Ocho Rios circuit from 1937 – 1940. In 1962, Sherlock wrote the lyrics of the National Anthem: Jamaica, Land We Love (see lyrics below). The house then was sold to the Lobban family who lived there for nearly fifty years. It was sold in 1980 to Annabella Proudlock and became the Harmony Hall Art Gallery in 1981 with the excellent restaurant on the first floor.

The house was built in the Jamaican-Georgian style. The pastel pink walls and green roof is highlighted by an intricate white fretwork of gingerbread and a white balustrade along the upper balcony. The octagonal cupola on the northeast corner with lattice and fretwork completed the delightful, almost fairy tale appearance of the building. The interior is painted bright white and is light and airy, to show off a collection of local artists and craftsmen. The original detached kitchen is still visible but is no longer used as a kitchen.

Contact Information for the Harmony Hall Great House

It is located 6 kilometers east of Ocho Rios on A3. It is open from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM Tuesday through Sunday.
Telephone: 876-975-4222.
Website: www.HarmonyHall.com.
Email: info@harmonyhall.com

Jamaica National Anthem | Lyrics by Sir Hugh Sherlock

Eternal Father bless our land,
Guard us with Thy Mighty Hand,
Keep us free from evil powers,
Be our light through countless hours.
To our Leaders, Great Defender,
Grant true wisdom from above.
Justice, Truth be ours forever,
Jamaica, Land we love.
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

Teach us true respect for all,
Stir response to duty’s call,
Strengthen us the weak to cherish,
Give us vision lest we perish.
Knowledge send us Heavenly Father,
Grant true wisdom from above.
Justice, Truth be ours forever,
Jamaica, Land we love.
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

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Harmony Hall Great House Location Map

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About Dr. Raul A. Mosley

Raul is the founder of the Fort Worth Portrait Project (FWPP). He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs & Issues Management from Purdue University. After teaching for 16 years as a university faculty member at both Purdue and Indiana University, Raul moved to Fort Worth and founded the FWPP in 2014.

5 responses to “Harmony Hall Great House”

  1. silverwink says :

    This great house is gorgeous! The patios are to die for and exterior woodwork is exquisite. The food looks amazing, too!

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  2. Michael Mosley says :

    It is truely a get place to go for a great meal and wonderful ambiance.

    Michael

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  3. Judy Vizbar says :

    Very interesting, Mr. Mosley. I tried searching your posts to see if I could find any mention of the Harmony Hall property near Duncans, Trelawny. My grandmother and her 2nd husband, lived there until the late 1940’s when it was then sold to Lord Northampton (I think). I know that the great house is no longer standing. And what about Stewart Castle? I have family connections there also.
    Thank you,
    Judy Ive Vizbar

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    • mwmosley68 says :

      Judy,
      I have visited Stewart Castle, got the photographs but just haven’t written up the blog post yet. Do you have some insights I could include in my post? I will see what I can find out about the “other” Harmony Hall. Any help you could give me would be appreciated.
      Michael

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